A sleek, eye-catching housing design that
joins the affordability and mass customization possibilities of precast concrete. With a
low-maintenance home appealing to all ages and needs. This is ENJOY: A Generation House.
The house is designed for a fictitious elderly couple who’s interested in retiring to the
Jersey Shore and what’s interesting about our client is that, one of them is wheelchair-bound.
So the entire house is designed using Universal Design principles, and what that means is
that, anybody who is interested, any age range, could move into this house and use the house
barrier-free. The layout is in accordance with the ADA (American with Disabilities Act).
So we have one level that is centralized around our central core, and we have ramps on either
entrance. There are no stairs. We have floating fixtures in the house, made of concrete – heavy
material. And what they do is they actually mount into metal rackets in the wall, giving
the appearance of floating off the ground. Something that we thought was important not
only conceptually but also it allows us to have accessibility access for ADA standards.
Everything in the home has a dual purpose. So a hallway is not just a hallway. A closet
is not just a closet. For example, our main closet space is storage, laundry, and an office
space. Another example of that is our living, dining, and kitchen. Since it’s a small
home, you have everything centralized right in one core. The landscape of the house was
designed primarily to promote outdoor physical activity. So, on the north side, there’s
a large public space which is where you go outside to have dinner or lunch. The eastern
side is a kind of more privatized, closer to the bedroom, where you’d go out or try
and enjoy a cup of coffee while the sun rises in the morning. We designed the ENJOY house
with the idea that it would be both mass producible and mass customizable. We could roll these
things out on assembly lines and that would dramatically drive down the cost of any ENJOY
house. As a property of concrete, the house is fire-resistant, it’s earthquake-resistant,
it’s waterproof – so the leaky ceilings in the roof is less of a worry than a typical
A-frame house. Just during construction we used little to no VOCs. Concrete is mildew
and mold, and even pest-resistant. And just upkeep and typical cleaning – it’s much
easier to clean than a sheet rock. We really wanted to show the versatility of concrete.
Not only can it be structure-able, not only can it be a piece of our house such as our
closet, it also can be colored different colors – our floors are darker, slate gray and
our walls are trying to be lighter and white, trying to lighten up the space. We really
wanted to take what concrete is doing for us efficiently in the energy aspect and also
showcase it in the idea of how it can be a finish in architectural design, in interior
design, in industrial design. Most of the house’s eye-catching aesthetic comes from
the design of the roof, which is designed entirely to optimize our solar and rainwater
collection. The house will stand out on a block. It doesn’t look like your typical
wood-frame house in any neighborhood in America. But what it stands for is a good thing that
we all want to see in the future of housing.