99k house - houston, texas
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This finalist entry was for an international design competition challenging architects to create an innovative design for a small house that was affordable, sustainable and energy efficient. Calling for a single-family house with up to 1,400 SF, including 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, on a 50’ x 100’ site in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward, the winning design had to be adaptable to a variety of sites and have a construction budget under $99,000. The successful competitor had to use sustainable building practices and materials with a special concern for affordability, longevity, energy savings benefits, and appropriateness for the hot, humid Houston climate. Designing with as many energy-efficient standards as possible, this submission used the fewest resources (labor and materials) to achieve the highest design impact. The house balances innovation and simple historical principles deriving its form from a hybrid of regional typologies of the Shotgun House and the Charleston Single House. Through a series of efficient but celebratory moves House 99 maximizes the minimum.