Proposal for 8 Micro Live-Work Spaces on a 12-foot strip of land in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina
These ‘2x4 Machines for Living In’ update Le Corbusier’s Modernist edict for the productivity we have come to expect from contemporary life. More integrated routines of working, exercising, volunteering, and nesting demand new typologies for home and work spaces. While more of us are living alone, we are developing new patterns of socializing and collaborating.
Each machine serves three purposes: personal living, personal business, and collaborative sustainability. The personal spaces have varied sizes and layouts to accommodate different home and business types. Each machine has specialized, interdependent capabilities that are more sustainable for all residents: the Energy and Hydro Machines collect solar energy and rainwater; the Growing and Repurpose Machines grow fresh food and process compost. The machines remix architectural typologies from around Chapel Hill, reassembling factory, municipal works, farm, and mill typologies into a micro city. The dimensional, color-coded façade camouflages the parking deck and re-activates the streetscape.