Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY PRODUCTION HOMES 3106 St. Thomas ARCHITECT: OFFICE OF JONATHAN TATE (OJT) LOCATION: NEW ORLEANS, LA. PROJECT SIZE: 975 square feet The first test site for the Starter Home* thesis, 3106 St. Thomas is an undersized lot in the Irish Channel neighborhood. Technically a historic district, the Irish Channel is in fact highly diverse in the character of its built environment, filled with low-density historic housing as well as regional industrial infrastructure. According to the Starter Home* argument, the site is all at once a legal definition, an embedded history, a record of activity, and a physical entity. A Starter Home* expects no tabula rasa, and in fact relies on the specificities of site to function at its best—financially, urbanistically, and spatially. The overlay of zoning–both impediment and opportunity–guides the design process, but also provides the potentiality of the site as Starter Home* opportunity. With this in mind, no zoning variances were sought, and in its design, 3106 seeks to take advantage of its preconditions: adjacency to a ware- house and a two-family home, a highly restricted, long and narrow footprint, and a rather generous maximum height of 40 feet.—OJT Photos: Will Crocker 32 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 AWARDS

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