Traeger, Stephen E.
Master of Architecture
As society evolves so should its housing. Today's family is diversified, mobile and subject to change, while the typical detached single family suburban house remains the same. Bound by economic constraints, mortgage/ insurance practices, tradition, and history, the suburban house has been resistant to change. It was designed with a particular type of consumer in mind and therefore has a particularly familial grain to it. It seems to work marginally well for most families who meet the specified two parents, 2.5 kids, and a dog consumer profile but breaks down for that family which does not. It therefore becomes necessary to repackage the house and offer an alternative - yet another new model. Something that functions more like a garage or loft while hinting at a new domesticity. The garage marks the beginning of the investigation. The house and garage once separated for various reasons, have migrated and merged. Since the latest mutation, the garage has been contained within the house. The project reverses this relation by locating the house within the garage. The contained becomes the container, the recessive becomes the dominant.