The Wall - 1:20 scale model
Spring 2011 - University of Waterloo
Graduate Studio Final - Minimum Dwelling
Group Project: Elie Bourget, Jamie Ferreira, Andrea Murphy
Project duration: 5 weeks
The Wall is an infill residential project designed for a narrow backyard in Galt. Conceived as a single-bedroom secondary dwelling. The unit is aligned with the private lane onto Albert Street to the west and a mature tree to the East. Privacy concerns are addressed through louvers and translucent glass on the North and West facades respectively.
The front entrance is located on axis, concealed from street view and providing diagonal views through both North and South spaces upon entry.
A tall cedar hedge defines the southern property line; thus the wall was elevated in order to ensure adequate solar exposure for an array of photovoltaic panels. This height is mitigated by a sloping site, allowing living spaces to face the horizon as the topography falls eastward.
The linearity of the site drove an equally linear house design. Compact mechanical and domestic components were consolidated into a single structural utility wall. The living areas cantilever off the wall within wood framed trusses, balanced by the stairs and library to the South.
Circulation between rooms intersects the utility wall in key areas where washrooms or showers may be concealed. In this arrangement, guests may exit to the rear patio without passing through private zones.
The adjacent tree creates a rear setback and provides a canopy for the private patio, hidden from view of the front neighbour.
*Digital Renderings by Jamie Ferraira