Prototype A Tract House / Works Partnership Architecture

Works Partnership Architecture wanted to return to utilitarian simplicity and a model of living large in a smaller home. They had three basic principles in mind with the design of this house. They are: 1. everybody should have a fruit tree – sweet fragrance, an idea of abundance, and a small token of a good life in one package; 2. houses should be about quiet, protected places – places that can be marked by the track of the sun and dimensioned with shadow; and 3. houses need to breathe – in this day and this climate, a house needs to embrace the out and make it part of the in. The courtyard plan they have borrowed is from a history much older and more profound than the faux craftsman details that pass for cultural continuity in these communities. This courtyard will be the voice of the house and the spatial turn of the phrase in this experiment. They are eager to see if this revisited hearth will be embraced by the market’s current set of expectations — via ArchDaily

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