Hien Nguyen

Hien Nguyen

San Diego, CA, US


Costa Mesa Twisted Student Housing

Arch 230 Architectural Drawing/ Design Theory 3
Professor Dean Abernathy
Orange Coast College Spring 2014

Duration: 5 weeks
Setting: Final/Individual assignment

This final assignment of second year studio investigates Metabolism and how it can be applied to minimalist, compact, urban housing for students.

The Twisted Student Housing (TSH) is different from any assignments I have done so far in terms of the approach. Instead of starting from the overall massing, I started from the smallest space and gradually built up to become a housing tower. By starting the design with a small unit, I managed to keep the TSH true to the spirit of Metabolism as the units can be duplicated, replaced, removed, and adapted in response to their environment.

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Status: School Project
Location: Costa Mesa, CA, US
My Role: Project designer