title | neighborhome (ware st. residence)
studio | gsd career discovery
critic | sara queen
This project was for the design of a two-family home to partially replace a small parking lot on Ware Street in Harvard Square. One of the major design challenges was to a few parking spaces that would be retained behind the home, this requiring a driveway to cut through the first floor of the building. Additionally, the assignment called for the blurring of public and private/indoor and outdoor spaces thereby encouraging the neighbors to come together in the home’s shared spaces. Further guildlines were created by the selection of two individual families as clients, both of whom had specific needs and desires from the home. This element allowed the project to become nearly self-generative: by creating spaces that followed the needs of the residences, the building largely designed itself. Nevertheless there was opportunity for specific design choices: doubleheight spaces were ascribed to the most important rooms in each unit, which were also the main areas for intramural gathering, a winter garden on the roof provided year-round green space, which contributed to the neighborhood, and could be used as a gardening and social space for both families. As part of the Harvard GSD’s Career Discovery program, this project was a first foray into critically thoughtful design.