Cambridge, MA | 2003
[BSA/AIA NY Housing Design Award 2004, Dwell Magazine feature Oct 2004, BSA Honor Award Citation 2003]
The 3 new townhouses transform Cambridgeport's woodframe type, dynamically addressing boundaries between inside and outside, private and community. A critique of the inward looking 'winterized box,' the project incorporates double height interior/exterior spaces, cantilevered garden-balconies, and occupiable shared roof-planes — all of which become an architectural language for further urban developments.
Longitudinal section (left) and cross section (right): Double height spaces maximize natural light and allow for cross ventilation throughout the townhouses.
Differing window types negotiate interior and exterior: Window walls present direct views to the outside, blank walls allow for the projection of virtual views, and high apertures (right) track the time of day.
A shared roofgarden extends the interior space of the units.
A light and air snorkel (left) is utilized to bring sunlight into more 'buried' spaces and promote stack ventilation. Highly permeable sideyards mitigate runoff from adjacent sites (right)
A double height space (left) combines programs of living, dining and mezzanine office. From the exterior, this space is screened by a bamboo planter bed integrated into the wall.
John Hong AIA /LEED, Jinhee Park AIA, Andy Hong, Erik Carlson, Johanna Niles, Thos Niles
Sarkis Zerounian & Associates
Azzam Development & Design, Inc.
Jake Forster, Letterbox Productions
Boston Landscape Co.
Erik Gould Photography
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