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Coextensive Collectivity
Harvard GSD Core Studio IV 2018 Spring
Advisors: Matthew Soules
Group Collaborators: Jingyuan Huang, Jessica Yuan
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Axonometric | View of the Collective Housing

This project is based on proposition of financial fiction specialized in radical collectivites. Our project creates 3 communities, each centered
on a different domestic program- eating, living, and bathing. By creating a space of sharing and fluid boundaries, we blur the property line of the enclosed private unit and we subvert the current real estate model of ownership.
Asset architecture is characterized as highly privatized, standardized, and easy to exchange. Our project produces another option, znits which are pointless to purchase solely as investments because their richness is only activated by inhabitation and engagement. Our project will push communal life to excess, imagining a new way of living together that is at the same time deeply extravagant and collective.

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Programs | Category of rooms

Three Programs &Radical Collectivity

We began by disaggregating the components of living space, into the categories of sleeping, bathing, cooking, eating, living, and working, based on the scale and levels of privacy, as an inventory. We are interested in three private domestic programs- bathing, eating, and living.

We were inspired the example of the Waldorf Astoria, a luxury apartments that didn’t have kitchens and instead had food brought up from a communal kitchen with staff that would cook for the whole building. Multiple families could share a kitchen and each have space to
store their own cooking equipment.

Living room
We sought to exaggerate the increase in scale from a private living room to a collective assembly space by looking at various public programs like library reading rooms, hotel lobbies, and lounges.

Bath house
The collective bathroom has a rich history we looked into. The cultures of public bathing in the Turkish bath shows the social aspect of the space. Around each atrium, the units each lack the program which is shared- in the bathing area, you give up having a private washroom and instead share an extravagant spa. Similarly, the collective living rooms provide a landscape of built in furniture creating terraced assembly spaces. In the dining area, you give up having a kitchen but instead get a large cooking and eating space with pizza ovens, soft serve machines, amenities which a private kitchen don’t have.

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Circulation Cores

Storage Cores


Floor Partition


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Diagram Model | Category of rooms

We begin with the 3 voids. Between the units along the perimeter and the voids. The three atriums serve as generators of sharing spaces,
shared kitchen and dinning area, shared living room and shared bathing area. Our units are relatively compact in continuous bars, with varying thickness, accommodating different types. The collective space pushes into the ring of units to expand the shared program and to have access to daylight .



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Living room-less

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The "-less" Types| Table of Room and Aggregation Types

We created typical unit layouts for each of the 3 types: kitchen-less, bathroom-less, and livingroom-less, for studios, 1 bedrooms, and 2 and 3 bedrooms. These units are all relatively compact and similar to each other in square footage, emphasizing that the choice of what program to leave out is a choice among equally sized options.

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Site Model | Three Openings in Extrusion With Double Facade

The final massing is a pure extrusion elevated based on the site boundary to maximize the value of the parcel. The ground level is open to the art district.

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Ground Level | Model and Drawing

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Plan| Typical Space Type 

These plans are exrtacted typical space of shared living room, shared kitchen and shared bath room. They could be placed anywhere in the building to connect the private lives to a co-living mode.

These plans are exrtacted typical space of shared living room, shared kitchen and shared bath room. They could be placed anywhere in the building to connect the private lives to a co-living mode.

Sectional Model | Shared Living Room Atrium and Shared Kitchen Atrium


Sectional Model | Double Skin Facade and Exterior Circulation With Shared Space Opening

Section and Elevation | Atriums, Shared Space, Diffusive Density

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