My team's proposed solution is a modular tiny home community called 12 | 260 which focuses on three core concepts to address youth homelessness and the site's physical constraints:
Young people emerging from homelessness are offered independence and community at 12 | 260. Our fully accessible design allows for autonomy within a community setting and gives access to resources in the Community Center without needing to engage with staff at every step. The Center has space for larger meals and laundry, while each tiny home provides a complete living environment with its own entrance, landing, outdoor seating, and welcoming exterior. Inside, the resident has storage, a bed, desk, kitchenette, full bathroom, and is fully ADA compliant.
The radial layout of the site takes into account social interaction, resources, and personal space. The units entrances point toward the center of the courtyard, creating safety at the site's heart. The Center design respects the historic architecture of the Bronzeville neighborhood, and its materials and aesthetics transition from the facade into the tiny homes. The Center creates a literal and emotional bridge between the outside neighborhood and the site. This creates a sustainable community circle with its central courtyard – which collects runoff water – that is easily used for programming, socializing, and accessing the home units.
These solar-powered tiny homes use affordable, durable, and low maintenance materials. The 260 sf. units house all necessities of living, without overwhelming someone new to independence, allows room on the lot for community functions, keeps costs per-unit down, and gives flexibility for the design to be used at different sites.
Final presentation board design. This was my main contribution to this project.