Miniature Living

Miniature Living

Portland, OR | 2011

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As part of a selection of 14 architects rethinking urban living, we selected the smallest of the 14 parcels: a 16′ x 16′ plot. The three story house (as interpreted through the building code) is actually a mini-tower with eight floors. Like a full-scale doll-house, the goal of occupying minimal space while enjoying maximum functionality becomes possible through the users’ curation of activities, objects and spatial relations.

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The daily ritual of Miniature Living becomes a musical score where the horizontal lines become the useable surfaces and the notes become the human figure nimbly scaling up and down the staff.

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Instead of literal floors, there are only ascending and descending surfaces specific to the metrics of the body. Unlike a ‘regular’ house where eating, sleeping, bathing, working, etc. are expressed by single-function rooms, programs are defined by the datums the occupy. 

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