I designed this project as part of the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  The brief for this project asked for a shared dwelling for two friends: an artist, and an art collector.  The house had to contain a gallery for the collector, a studio for the artist, and - on a narrow lot - a fouteen foot driveway to the parking lot behind the building.  I settled on the theme of entanglement: I wanted the dwelling spaces to be inextricably intertwined so that the house would reinforce and strengthen the friendship of the inhabitants.  At the same time, I needed to separate the living spaces of the friends so that each had a sense of privacy.  I resolved this conflict with a house that is truly a shared dwelling.  The house is a single continuous space; no doors separate the dwellings of the artist and the art collector.  Nevertheless, subtle spatial and architectural cues define distinct living spaces for each inhabitant.

- Justin Manley - The project began with an abstract composition of multi-colored boxes.  I assembled this composition on the principle that each color should be visible from each side of the composition.

The project began with an abstract composition of multi-colored boxes.  I assembled this composition on the principle that each color should be visible from each side of the composition.

Justin Manley - Axonometric drawing.

Axonometric drawing.

Justin Manley - We constructed a structural matrix model based on the original box composition.  I started thinking about how the inhabitants would move through the house here and began developing the spatial logic of my box composition into the idea of spatial entanglement.

We constructed a structural matrix model based on the original box composition.  I started thinking about how the inhabitants would move through the house here and began developing the spatial logic of my box composition into the idea of spatial entanglement.

Justin Manley - Axonometric analysis of circulation paths.

Axonometric analysis of circulation paths.

Justin Manley - Plans of the building. Both residences form a single fluid space.

Plans of the building. Both residences form a single fluid space.

Justin Manley - I struggled to resolve the tension between privacy and separation and the spatial overlapping inherent in the idea of entanglement.

I struggled to resolve the tension between privacy and separation and the spatial overlapping inherent in the idea of entanglement.

Justin Manley - The artist and art collector enter the house through separate doors, but into the same space. Once inside, they are each subtly guided into their own private space.

The artist and art collector enter the house through separate doors, but into the same space. Once inside, they are each subtly guided into their own private space.

Justin Manley - On the second floor, the art collector has a partial, fragmentary view into the living space of the artist. At the same time, the artists stairs conceal the doorway connecting the dwellings.

On the second floor, the art collector has a partial, fragmentary view into the living space of the artist. At the same time, the artist's stairs conceal the doorway connecting the dwellings.

Justin Manley - Exploded axonometric drawing exploring the overlaps between the two dwelling spaces.

Exploded axonometric drawing exploring the overlaps between the two dwelling spaces.

Justin Manley - Section drawing.

Section drawing.

Justin Manley - I wanted the facade to express the entanglement of the living spaces inside the building.

I wanted the facade to express the entanglement of the living spaces inside the building.

Justin Manley - Front elevation.

Front elevation.

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Justin Manley - Model, oblique view.

Model, oblique view.

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Justin Manley - Model, back view.

Model, back view.

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Justin Manley - Model, front view.

Model, front view.

Justin Manley - Site model, back view.

Site model, back view.

Justin Manley - Site model, side view from the street.

Site model, side view from the street.

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