A Long House is a collective housing proposal. The project is not a discrete building design; it is a flexible prototype to densify suburban and exurban locales. A Long House’s crumpled form can adapt to the enigmatic demands of various sites. The geometry destabilizes normative notions of boundary, offering semi-detached living spaces, flexible surplus space, and large communal porches. Modular cabinets for storage and service organize the ground floor units. The upper level tucked under the unifying roof offers shared resources such as home-offices and childcare. Variable unit sizes make A Long House ideal for multigenerational housing.
The Long House physically bends and folds back on itself, creating awkward niches, shared lawns and strange domestic overlaps. The model has been staged in empty commercial storefronts, converting speculative holdings into venues for domestic exploration and drawing attention to dormant commercial spaces in Midwest jurisdictions offering little affordable housing.