Winner of the 2010 ICAA Southern California Habitat for Humanity Pattern Book Competition
The "Houses on Oak Street" is a multi-family housing development proposed for Lynchwood Gardens, California. The development is designed as an ensemble of modest Rancher's Cottages in a simple Southern California vernacular style. It provides affordable, attractive homes that are safe, uncomplicated to build, easy to enjoy, and make a positive impact on both the lives of their owners and on the surrounding neighborhood.
At a cost for construction at $150/sq.ft., four houses are arranged around a paved motor court to give the site a defined sense of place and offer residents a sense of ownership over the site as well as over their individual homes. Parking is placed at the center for convenience and function, which reduces the amount of driveway required on the site while leaving more space available for each unit, allowing each unit is to have its own private court.
Proposing a variety of units also addresses the problems encountered on an urban scale, namely the problem of re-urbanizing suburban neighborhoods in a way that promotes both cultural and environmental sustainability. Cultural sustainability is increased by helping the neighborhood become more affordable, attractive, secure, and livable. Environmental sustainability is increased by minimizing the project footprint and its associated resource consumption, by increasing use of existing services like public transportation, and by maximizing permeable areas with minimal paving and drought tolerant landscaping to preserve and promote the local ecosphere.
Programmed sustainability features include 100% drought tolerant, native landscape, high-albedo site and flat roof surfaces, and passive lighting and ventilation incorporation. Additionally, future renovations are anticipated to allow for incorporation of solar and other as-of-yet undeveloped technologies that will be developed for the budget minded homeowner, so as to allow for their incorporation with minimal impact to the building.
Project Team: Jean-Guy Dube, Liz Hughes, Gabriel Zamora, Domiane Forte, Ken Mineau, and Marc Appleton