URBAN TREEHOUSE

          

      URBAN ECOLOGIES, RISD       PROFESSOR ANNE TATE       

 

 

This project involves the creation of a housing complex consisting of 150 units along with community spaces. Situated in South Providence, the development site sees a vast separation in the area because of the large parking lots. The project investigates the development of an elevated modular building block system that frees up the ground and creates a series of continuous spaces to encourage interaction. 

SKETCH MODEL

CONCEPT

Inspired by the idea of creating public spaces without sweeping out the initial urban fabric, the superstructure is built above parking spaces and made of CLT, that has a low impact, as the primary building material. 

CITY SCALE

The proposed superstructure is designed to link the site with the rest of Providence. Prairie Ave is therefore developed as the main road for South Providence to connect the community with the major landmarks in the city. 

DETAILS

STRUCTURAL LOGIC

The superstructure is built up from a 30’ x 30’ grid system that beams and columns interlocks. This modular structural frame also provides flexibility for expansion and contraction. 

2/F COMPLEX PLAN

1/F COMPLEX PLAN

UNIT AGGREGATION

The units are double height studios and three bedroom units that are prefabricated. The unit then acts as blocks, slipping and sliding on the frame, creating different qualities of spaces and openings within the structural framework. The openings bring light and air into the deep volume. With the voids that are created in this way, floors are connected visually and physically.

HOUSING COMPLEX SECTION

GROUND PLAN