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EMILY EBERSOL


SPACES / VISUALS / ORGANIZING

 
 03_2021 The Sequel of Jane
 01_2021 Gradient Papers
 12_2020 Recasting Gandhian Legacy
 12_2020 Modular unCommons
 12_2020 Duct Armour
 12_2020 Pleated
 08_2020 Brilliant Detroit
 04_2020 In[di]visible
 04_2020 andACTION
 04_2020 those familiar
 02_2020 Transported
 12_2019 Reimagining Seagram
 12_2019 Kinesthetic Theater
 06_2019 Untitled
 04_2019 Bike Stop
 04_2018 Sketching Paris
 04_2017 Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
 04_2017 Now What?!
 12_2016 PA/Vilion




 ︎INFO







MODULAR UNCOMMONS

Detroit, MI
Team Members: Emily Ebersol, Nicolas Garcia, Shoshanna Sidell   
Modular unCommons is a low-rise, high-density housing project located in the Detroit neighborhood of Islandview. The project name, Modular unCommons, is a product of the two most influential aspects of our design process and final proposal: affordability through construction and therefore unit configuration, and the importance of varied spaces which can be accessible to the public providing varying degrees of privacy and socialization.

In the process of our project design we began with a smaller more understandable scale of unit design and from there scaled up to structure, massing, and finally site strategies. In our effort to create an attainable housing project, rather than affordable or luxury housing, each scalar lens the project was investigated under brought with it a series of trade offs.Identification of split level units as a way to create varied vertical levels of ownership, privacy, and an interior way of achieving the sought after single family home typology became a fundamental part of Modular unCommons. From there we made decisions to increase the accessibility of our project to accommodate a range of demographics, anticipating a diverse community as the neighborhood of Islandview evolves.

There were four main ambitions our project set out to achieve, one was the commitment to split level units, the second was creating an attainable construction process, the third was prioritizing common spaces on the ground level, and lastly, Modular unCommons as a whole tried to serve as a bridge between distinct neighborhood conditions.
PROJECT DATA

Total Gross Floor Area .......................................................  80,400 sf
Site Area ......................................................................................... 95,156 sf
FAR ....................................................................................................... 0.8449
Number of Floors .................................................................... max 4
Buidling Height ........................................................................ max 50’-0”
Dwelling Unit Count .............................................................. 88 units
Dwelling Units/Acre ............................................................... 40.311
Total SF of Non-Residential Space ............................ 10,080 sf
Total Net Leasable Area ........................................................ 51,550 sf
Efficiency Rate ............................................................................. 67%
Unit Access Typology ............................................................. Single Pt Entry
Unit Typology ................................................................................ Split Level
Number of On-Site Parking Spaces .......................... 49








THE SPLIT LEVEL


Beginning in the initial design process there was a focus on interior spaces as volumes that relate to one another in their sectional qualities. In response to the attainable housing prompt, split level units were pursued, allowing for the view of double-height spaces. Through early investigations into living space circulation, there was a consistency in the communal spaces, such as kitchens and dining spaces, as being central volumes used throughout the day. With this in mind, the split level units developed with these communal spaces as the linking volume which creates the split. This broke up the larger space into three loosely defined programs for living, eating, and sleeping.





ATTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION


Modular unCommons prioritizes attainable construction processes as a means of bringing costs down to support the inefficient split level unit. In the project we’ve pursued two forms of structure. The first and main structural system is a combination of mass timber beams and columns along with a CLT floor assembly. The structure traverses both the interior and exterior of the building. Within the interior the mass timber columns and beams define, volumetrically, the bounds of a unit. While on the exterior the mass timber structure exposes the split level configuration of each interior space while also creating moments for balconies, shared communal stairs for unit access, and semi-permeable spaces for the public and residents to utilize. The second structural system is that of a modular wet core that houses the kitchen and washroom programs.  The expression of the modular wet cores shows up on the interior, where the materiality and structural assembly appear different from its surroundings. This revisits our initial idea of treating the interior spaces as volumes where the wet core reads as a smaller volume in the space.


 


COMMONING


Throughout the design, we have identified a variety of common spaces that range in scale, public/private characteristic, and program. The negative space in between buildings has become a catalyst for commoning. Each building cluster is separated from one another, creating visual and physical connection from the street into the project. As you enter the void from the public street, the framed elements create a sense of exterior enclosure. Within the framed core, residents navigate to their respective units, and private balconies stem off the structure into each individual unit. These framed void spaces become the social infrastructure of the project, where public walkways, semi-public circulation cores, and private balconies create an ecosystem of programs. Creating a commons that is flexible, and can be defined or redefined by the user.










MIDDLE GROUND


Modular unCommons bridges the gap between the mixed-use urban scale along the main road, Kercheval, with the residential, more intimate scale of the urban fabric as you move down Townsend. Our built structures respond to this contextual shift, dissolving away as one moves further into the site to meet a more human scale. The transition space in between the residential and commercial has become our project's greenway, where we connect the residential fabric to the neighboring Butzel Playfield through an accessway that runs east-west.








UNIT TYPE A

2 BEDROOM
960 SQFT



UNIT TYPE B

2 BEDROOM
960 SQFT





UNIT TYPE C

3BEDROOM
1270 SQFT





UNIT TYPE 

3BEDROOM
1270 SQFT