A Home for MJ - Eden Village Tiny House
The architecture studio focused on one project, the design and construction of a 400 sq. ft. Micro (Tiny) house for a new 31 unit community for the chronically disabled homeless in Springfield, Missouri, Eden Village.
Our resident: “MJ”, a 22-year-old young man, who happens to be deaf and had been living on the streets for five years. Students conducted client interviews with MJ and were expected to take an ethical approach to creating a dignified, permanent housing model for the community and specifically for MJ.
The semester was divided into three distinct phases: Eight weeks for client interviews with directors of the community and MJ, research, conceptual and design development; Three weeks for construction documents; Five weeks for construction.
Students completed thorough research, coupled with client interviews to guide them to a thoughtful, innovative, well-conceived concept that informed and guided the design process. The design began with hand-drawn sketches and transitioned to digital tools such as Sketchup, PhotoShop, Revit and Lumion.
This project was sponsored by Jordan Valley Community Health Center.
The site is a revitalized mobile home park. The micro house must be under 400 sq. ft. and meet RV code requirements.
Tornado Resistance: Research and implementation of innovative materials and methods that make this home, located in the tornadic mid-west, tornado resistant.
Resident Consideration: As our resident client is deaf, research and implementation of architectural solutions that can support and improve the life of a deaf person.
Aging in Place: It is most likely that the residents will live their lives out in this community, a goal was to show the client how to plan and design for aging in place.
As in the profession, construction professionals were responsible for the construction of the home. Students were expected to work side by side with professionals to gain a deeper understanding of materials and methods, tools and the construction process. Students communicated with and collaboratively problem-solved with professionals as issues arose.
Students explored future roles they may want to pursue in a firm as they chose leadership roles in the design and/or construction phases.
Bedroom, kitchen, accessible bathroom and a multi-functional living space featuring a “library”, gaming hub and reading nook.
The visual-centric design derives from MJ’s need to visually control his space. Exterior openings in all directions and a spatial arrangement that eliminates blind corners allows visual control of
the house. Blue hues throughout the house, MJ’s favorite color, provide contrast for hands while using sign language. Other amenities include a custom game/dining table, an abstraction of Starry Night—MJ’s favorite painting—routered into closet doors, and bicycle storage.
MJ’s Home seeks to promote resiliency and community within its design. The house is designed to be resistant to tornadic wind loads and debris impact. The wall system meets FEMA specifications for a wood storm shelter, achieving tornado resistance and affordability. The doors and windows are impact rated.
Promoting community are the wrap-around stairs and front porch that engage the community "street."