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Yale School of Architecture

Andrew Benner

Spring 2016

After visiting the site and studying the surrounding context in New Haven, it became clear that within this community, from the level of the neighborhood down to the rooms inside each house, people are continuously separated from each other. This project addresses segregation by creating opportunities for spatial overlap. The house itself, becoming a space of integration, is already a challenge as an architecture that is inherently private. In order to dissolve these borders, the rooms are articulated, fractured, and turned to overlap with one another. In antithesis to the room for a bed being a space of containment, the house itself becomes a container for unifying all of the many together. The result is a new way to think about living, relating, and privacy. Rooms are no longer divided from each other but rather come together and interact. The inhabitants in any one space have the opportunity to engage with those in other spaces, from an upstairs living space to a downstairs study space. The architecture of the house becomes a collective of overlap and a gathering of bodies, held together by the frame of the main volume of the house.

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