Playhousing: An Inclusive, Health-Oriented Residential Living Project

Harvard GSD Core 04: Adaptive Reuse
with Justin McElderry
1 Alewife Center

Why do spaces for play often exist separate from domestic life?


Playhousing unites two disparate environments, the house and the playground, into one experience. Thinking beyond pre-defined playscapes, we’re interested in how play might benefit multiple generations when integrated with contemporary ideas of domesticity.


5-Floor Adaptive-Reuse Model


How can materiality, form and design define playful, healthy living?



.     Living Room Scapes






“Play” Floor



How might we think beyond  an age and ability-defined, synthetic playscape?





Room Variations and Material Tests







Materiality allows for light to permeate through the building, blending the line between private and public space







4 Curves, 5 Flat Walls, 2-Bedroom Variation
3 Curves, 2 Flat Walls 2 Bedroom Variation



Opaque Materiality that creates texture, privacy and light effects





4 Curved Walls, 4 Flat Walls, 3 Bed, 2 Bath Variation







Section Drawing 1/4” =1’0”







Ground Floor Plan 1/4” =1’0”



























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hi! I’m Tara, excited about inclusive design methods that uplift communities & form meaningful futures.
 
Currently 
M. Arch @ Harvard GSD
Research Assistant @ Harvard Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative

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