Made in Collaboration with James DiBurro
The reintroduction of heavy timber construction into urban settings serves as a polemic statement that critiques the isolated and financially-driven progression of urban development by reinforcing the inclusion of human proportion. The limitations of heavy timber spanning ratios and structural capacity breed a return to the natural human proportions that were lost in the advancement of modernly used building materials. With the usage of modified 16’ x 10’ x 9’ modules, each space feels personalized and intimate while still being part of a greater communal whole. The golden ratio serves as a guide to create spaces that feel right. Amongst the private nodes, arise semi-public and public spaces that are nestled within the structural matrix created by the translation of the initial module. As a result, the overall structural system creates a symbiotic relationship that reserves the opportunity to create moments of intimacy in both large and small spaces.
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