© 2011 Anice Hoachlander/ Hoachlander Davis Photography
The Crib, a simple modular home based on a pentagonal truss structure, caught my eye recently after it was featured in Inform, an architecture and design publication from the Mid Atlantic. Jeffery Broadhurst, AIA, came up with the predecessor to the corn-crib inspired micro-home when looking to have somewhere a few steps up from a tent to house visitors a West Virginia farm. The simple aesthetic and easy construction caught the design world's attention and it is been refined and developed into a kit of parts that has potential to fill a growing need: additional housing units small enough to fit in a typical backyard.
Emeryville, California, where I live, is bounded by Berkeley and Oakland, both areas where there's little empty land for infill housing. Aside from some industrial areas which are being snatched up and by developers in search of space for larger projects, there's not a lot of ways to increase density without looking to back yard dwellings. The Crib has not only a small literal and figurative footprint, but also the ability to be flat-packed in, a useful feature in locations where crane-ready modules are not easy to deploy.
I love seeing well-established architects who have grown their name and reputation doing high end custom homes stumble into the sort of fun, smart and small projects that were the stuff of their dreams when back in architecture school. I'm sure that this project, though smaller than many of the kitchens of the homes he typically works on, provides more joy per square foot than any of his other projects.
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