Eco-Machine Housing

Jan - May 2018 | Studio: Integration I | Partner Project with Alessandra Fleck

To design housing along the Pittsburgh Allegheny River developed based on a housing precedent study, a morphology of the precedent and an analysis of the systems of the site.

The final housing design was based on analysis and studying of the site’s systems (sewage, wind path, human circulation, sun path) that were developed with Grasshopper and AutoDesk Flow Design. Eco-machines were integrated into the design with roof gardens and passive solar design strategies. Inspiration was taken from BIG’s Mountain Dwelling by morphing the precedent study from literal to metaphorical and designing an experience of a “mini-hike” through housing mountains between the river and the Strip District (district with converted warehouses). The design focused on connecting the visually disconnected river side and the Strip District, and bringing more greenery to the area.

 
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Abstracted Site Plan | Composed of linework generated from the site’s existing systems and simulations

Abstracted Site Plan | Composed of linework generated from the site’s existing systems and simulations

Site Plan | Final design developed from the abstracted site plan

Site Plan | Final design developed from the abstracted site plan

Extracted groups of linework

From L to R: contours, connection between landscape and built form, rain flow on surface, rain flow on site, sewage path and connections, wind flow

 
Model | Showing one of the three “mountain” housing blocks with an atrium and roof gardens

Model | Showing one of the three “mountain” housing blocks with an atrium and roof gardens

 
Diagram | Site logic

Diagram | Site logic

Diagram | Building logic

Diagram | Building logic

Diagram | Environmental logic

Diagram | Environmental logic

 
Floor Plans of one of the “mountain” housing blocks

Floor Plans of one of the “mountain” housing blocks

 

Site Analysis & Diagramming