20Kv03 32K Home

Greensboro AL / 2007 / Outreach Project

20Kv03 32K Home

Greensboro AL / 2007 / Outreach Project

The 20K Home project began in 2004 as an ongoing research project to address the need for affordable housing in rural areas and provide a decent, reasonably sized home ownership option. Each year, the Studio designs and constructs one or more 20K Home. The Studio views the research involved in the project as something that can only be done at an educational institution, where students have the luxury of time to finely consider each detail, reflect upon previous iterations and improve upon the work.

While the previous two versions of the 20K Home employed traditional stick frame wood construction, 20Kv03 examines a wood truss structure to reduce the number of footings, or piers needed to support the home. A 10’ high truss can span 64 feet, which determined the length of the house. Though the house is 64 feet long, it is only supported at three points along that length, requiring a total of only six footings for the entire house. Only four footings were needed structurally; the remaining two were placed for constructibility. The house features a main living area and a smaller ‘efficiency’ unit, which are connected by a shared porch. Configuring the two housing units with a porch between recalls a vernacular ‘dogtrot’ form. In both interior areas, the spaces are arranged around a utility core that consolidates the home’s utilities into a central area.

Project Team

Jeremy Aranoff, Karamjit Birk, Sabina Nieto, Jane Sloss

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