Nicholas McMunn, Assoc. AIA

Nicholas McMunn, Assoc. AIA

Houston, TX, US


Core House

There is no single set of conditions that can be stipulated for the future user. The COREHOUSE is
not just a “finished product,” it is a starting point for a number of scenarios that accommodate many
different users and needs. While the core provides the “backbone,” the column grid and “floating roof”
provide the “exoskeleton.” Together they set up a framework for growth and internal flexibility. By placing the primary dividing wall on tracks and filling it with shelving for entertainment and storage, the living and sleeping areas can expand or collapse down on a day-to-day basis. This “flex space” not only makes the home feel bigger and more versatile, but it makes the home
more affordable and energy efficient.

While the initial COREHOUSE is under 600 sq. ft., the living area is much larger. The “outdoor rooms” define an extended living space and serve as the predictive areas for future growth. As the owner can afford it, he or she can simply enclose these ready-made spaces.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Greensburg, KS, US
Additional Credits: Dan Williams, Stephen Sullivan, Megan Venemann, University of Colorado