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Fracture - Housing Development

Location: Troy, NY

Critic: Ted Krueger

Partner: Christian Gartland

Interior render

The "Live-Work" problem is a common one in architecture, bringing the spaces of living and working into a single unit to be shared and explored. The need for new housing in Troy is great, but with the rising popularity of working from home, why shouldn't the space of work be designed as a functional partner to the unit?

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Plan - ground floor Plan - upper housing level Plan - roof

Following the shape of the city grid as well as considering lighting and airflow necessities, this multi-level live-work building was designed to combat these issues of shared space. A web of bridges across the flared interior courtyard/walkway brings the opposing sides together, while units of work and live are situated in alternating floors. This web is also telegraphed across the entire facade, breaking up the otherwise standard floor layout. Thus the interior circulation becomes private, while the exterior public. A shared courtyard with connections to the river front sits protected by the structure, allowing for some level of privacy.


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