sweet home chicago mews
South Side Chicago Illinois
- This competition, sponsored by AIA Chicago, addresses youth homelessness by proposing micro-housing as a viable low-cost alternative to homeless shelters.
- Site development for 10 micro-houses with hardscape area for parking 3 cars
- Housing module under 350 square feet
- Communal space of 1,200 sf for meetings and social gatherings
- This project creates nested scales of identity for its residents. Urban design concepts include a “mews” organizing the diminutive
houses around a common space for work and play as well as a setback alignment maintaining the streetwall frontage and the public front yard. The dwelling
unit includes a tiny utility core amidst a big variety of domestic spaces: front porch and mews as yard, front room as parlor; high storage space as attic;
dining, study, kitchen as galley; back room as den; and back porch as deck. A modular prefab construction approach, used by Taylor & Burns in prior built
projects, keeps construction cost estimate below $30,000 per unit ($84.20 / sf). The community building opens up with overhead garage doors to bring the
mews space in, creating indoor/outdoor space to extend the shoulder seasons, and provide flexible space for job training, work, play, and socializing.