The goal for this project was to produce efficient, affordable but high quality housing to shelter the homeless population of Chicago between the ages 18 to 24. The size of the unit had to provide a private space in the planned development where young adults could safely store personal belongings, including clothes, textbooks and legal documents. This unique typology allowed for the utilization of off-site modular fabrication of individual units that are then delivered and installed as complete units on site.
Each home consists of 2 pre-fabricated modules: a steel tube chassis with light gauge steel wall assembly and a plumbing & HVAC module containing a closet, bathroom, kitchen, plumbing connections & slim duct HVAC system. The layout of the unit utilizes the plumbing & HVAC module as a functional division between sleeping and living/work areas in the unit, while still allowing for an open layout with a continuous accessible corridor.
The program for each unit includes a fully accessible bathroom, full kitchen with range, microwave, large closet for storing personal items and a flexible living/dining area with a large workspace. In addition, there is a single large window and glass paneled door at opposite ends to take advantage of sunlight, reduce thermal breaks in the module and provide cross ventilation. In warmer months. For security and privacy, each window and door has an operable, perforated metal screen on the facade.
|Dining (fold away)||5|
|Light & Air||9|
|Footing (42″ Below)||12|
The units are situated on the east side of the site, with a layout that is 6 units long and 2 units tall. The units are offset to allowing the plumbing & HVAC modules to stack and reducing heat loss while providing each unit privacy. Two sets of metal stairs, with trash & recycling below, connect to a metal walkway attach to allow access to the second floor units. At the southwest corner of the site is the communal space consisting of 3 modules: one for storage, bikes & laundry, one for office & meeting space and one for social gatherings. Adjacent to that is a hardscape surface for recreational activities and parking.