Green House

Pick a coconut from your bedroom window



A new model of housing for multi-generational families and intentional communities

Green House brings a new model of communal living to Boston, one that is equally relevant to two distinct audiences: multi-generational families that want to cohabitate & people looking for the affordabiliy and companionship of co-living.

What would typically be three separate homes share a communal ground floor that contains: dining, living, laundry and, either a “grandmother flat” or a home business. Each unit can be accessed from the first floor by a private stair that leads to their bedrooms.

The housing is paired with a public greenhouse-promenade that creates a mid-block shortcut, extending the community beyond the dwelling. This greenhouse allows the residents to grow a significant amount of food or flowers, and could be used to provide garden plots for neighbors as well. In Boston’s cold climate it provides a taste of the tropics year-round.





Green House =
One-Third Greenhouse + Two-Thirds House






The Site Plan, showing the arrangement of the greenhouse & the house








Site Plan





Year round tropics within the greenhouse arcade, which can be opened in the warm months





First Floor Plan, Living Room Zoom






Second Floor Plan, Bedroom Zoom






A portion of the extensive gardens could be rented to the broader community to generate revenue for the residents






A long section cut through the greenhouse-promenade






The height of the Green House alternates from a single-story to three-stories in step with the housing. This creates opportunities for tall plants & hanging plants, while establishing a human-scale





Work-live: a third of the ground floor is given over to a “grandmother flat” or a small business (or a hybrid of both, as shown here)





The space between the upper living units allows for the bedrooms to have operable windows on two sides






A short section cut through the roof deck, bedrooms, living room, and three-story green house.





A short section cut through the communal kitchen showing the windows of the bedrooms beyond





Morning in the communal kitchen: the building is constructed of cross laminated timber (CLT), a low-carbon mass-timber structural system that has the additional benefits of wood’s warmth & beauty





Client

Private

Timeline

2018

Status

Complete

Location

Boston, Massachusetts

Services

Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Interior Design
Furniture Selection