Periscope Microhouse Duplex, New Haven, CT

These apartments, designed for residents that have previously experienced homelessness, explore the clients’ desire to secure and stabilize themselves as well as their possessions. The two units in the apartment are sectionally woven together, creating a sense of nesting, security, and protection. Light shafts allow daylight and ventilation to reach spaces of solitude and independence without the need for large, exposed windows. Circulation spaces and central light shafts allow moments of social recognition between units but maintain privacy.

The rooms are held as objects between cracks of light and the undulating facade acts as an extension of the internal light shafts, pulling additional light into the units. The occupant has a periscopic relationship to the outside world, receiving filtered information without giving anything away in return. Section created by the circulation and light shafts impacts the rooms at the scale of the body, determining the forms of casework and storage.