JGMA re-examined the typical Chicago three-flat and six-flat housing types to generate a new prototypical concept for KMW Communities. These prototypes state that high design can be affordable and can apply to people of all class, races, and various walks of life. Social housing doesn’t have to be an eyesore, nor an expression of their cost; social housing can liberate those who are trying to pursue a better life and live comfortably, safely, and uniquely within an urban setting.
Our investigation began with the procession from the approach to the homes, contextualizing with neighboring homes through materials and apertures. Zooming in on the home, the JGMA team organized the home to filter the tenants through a main circulation spine that protrudes from the exterior walls. This journey up the side of the building reveals snapshots of the sides of the neighborhood through a ribbon band of glass as tenants go to their homes on the first, second and third levels accordingly. A secondary unit specific circulation path sutures the living spaces, sleeping spaces, and bathroom spaces along a linear path, terminating with a back-deck balcony or patio.