location: .Infill Lots
...........client: . CHA Initiated
..........status: .Concept Design
Pocket Housing, is a multi-family building typology tailored to narrow urban infill lots that have been left vacant because they’re considered too odd to be buildable. Pocket Housing takes inspiration from pocket parks that are dispersed throughout the city and despite their small size, have a substantial positive impact on community life.
The project is comprised by three systems; structural cores, floors that span between the cores, and a building envelope. The cores perform as the primary structure in order to span the unit’s floors between each core and to eliminate the need for additional load bearing walls.
Freeing the interior walls and building envelope from their structural obligations increases the flexibility and variation possible within the unit layouts, as well as saving space through a reduction in required wall thickness.
To this end, a pocket space is left between the unit and the neighboring building which allows for a third façade to be filled with light and ventilation. This third façade is also occupied by circulation, curtain walls, and unit balconies.
Circulation winds through this space connecting to the stoop of each unit. This path is conceived of as social space that ties the community together. It commences in a generous lobby that opens to the outdoor space at street level, and culminates in a large communal roof deck that can be used for gatherings.
In plan, the space between the structural cores allows for larger living areas and unit varieties.
Pocket Housing’s structural system allows for the deployment of this new housing typology in multiple urban settings with odd or narrow shaped lots.