NEW YORK, NY
A house, a yard, a picket fence – the ideals embodied in the “American Dream” – have long been out of reach (and for the most part impractical) in dense, vibrant downtown cores like New York’s. And yet, the aspiration for a space that is truly one’s own still lingers in the urban psyche. The question in proposing new forms of urban housing thus becomes how to update and again make relevant this dream, in a world of limited resources and increasing population. The challenge inherent in this question is to distill “a great home” to its essentials, and strategically deploy these in a minimal footprint: private space, daylight, access to the outdoors, a sense of comfort, security, ownership, and community.
Stack House is a call to provide all affordable housing developments, regardless of their unit count or plot size, certain attributes and characteristics that will inherently foster a higher quality of life.
The distinct identity of the façade and massing of such housing is critical not only for individual residents to gain a sense of pride and ownership, but also for the city of New York to promote and grow its commendable and much-needed expansion of affordable housing.