Small Lot Townhouse

New York City is faced with an acute shortage of affordable, quality housing. Meanwhile, the City owns a large stock of small and oddly shaped vacant lots that do not conform to their zoning designation and have been traditionally passed over for development. Our challenge is to design a generic prototype that can flexibly adapt to different lot sizes, shapes and zoning types across a wide spectrum of neighborhoods, all while introducing strategies that improve quality and affordability.

Our approach to these nonconforming lots shares kinship with two historic New York City housing typologies: the mid-density rowhouse with its “railroad” style enfilade plan and the low density townhouse with its characteristic front door and stoop. The hybrid result is a vertical stack of narrow one bedroom townhouses with individuated private entrances.

Program: Housing
Location: New York, NY
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Harry Lam
Status: Proposal
Year: 2019