Portfolio Project Detail

Ware Home Sara Frazier, Zijing Gao, and Kyle Johannes

Since the units are able to be interchanged, replaced, and attached/detached from each other, this creates a level of flexibility necessary to keep the co-living system manageable long-term, without ex-excessive repair/maintenance costs. Users are able to dictate their own living experience as well, form communities, and adjust their unit formations to accommodate growing or shrinking household needs.

Using an unenclosed steel structure which houses the units, each level consists of stationary amenities and co-working spaces at the ends (communal), green space on the base building roof (communal) and rows of various units situated around a central atrium running the height of the new building. Proposed as an automated track and crane system which responds to an app network, the structure and parts relationship draws inspiration from Cedric Price’s “plug-in programming” idea employed in his Fun Pal-ace concept. The WareHome concept aims to minimize the permanence of typical construction, allowing users to be an active part of the architecture and their individual housing experience.

The “what”: a subscription-living app, that allows for simple selection of unit size, type, building location, and other customize-able features. This info is then loaded automatically into the building’s leasing application system/resident portal, and the unit prefabricated and installed on site.

The “who”: the application for this co-living system is open to any local or traveling individual, family, or group. This encourages steps toward eliminating social and economic class hierarchy and opportunities for the local community to be involved.

The “how”: prospective residents may visit the site, or simply download the app and apply for a lease of any length. Application approval and proceeding move-in is based solely on vacancies and the available amenities requested via application.

The “why”: the app allows for a quick, convenient leasing system, social, economical, and sustainable living incentives, community engagement notifications, and all other communication necessary to connect the building tenants, owners, and surrounding community.