Our vision for E+ was to develop a prototypical project that solves the local issues of the Colonial Avenue site and, at the same time, could also be a template for future two family wood-frame infill development in neighborhoods throughout the city. To fulfill the core charge of the E+ competition, we needed to devise a well-balanced concept that would maximize density, offer a simple open floor plan adaptable to both lots, be economical to build and produce more energy than it consumes.
The two-family prototype falls under the one- and two-family code, which enables greater economy than triple-deckers and multi-family housing. Density can be achieved by aggregation in townhouse and row-house arrangements with an appearance of much lesser density. Perhaps most importantly of all, there is an opportunity for a wide range of developers/contractors to be able to replicate this model.
Our approach recognizes that we are building in a context which includes older buildings. We are respectful of the neighborhood fabric, building heights, setbacks and massing. Building systems, building materials, detail, and ornament typically evolve with the times and reflect current technology and sensibility.
We believe new development, if done correctly and with sensitivity, will create good neighbors, and thus, good communities.