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Pawprint House

2012 // no specific location // house - prefabricated prototype // study




“Pawprints are the impressions or images left behind by animals with hooves or paws rather than feet, while "shoeprints" is the specific term for prints made by shoes”

The FootPrint House is a new prototype in the prefabricated home industry. The project explores the potentials of the circle as the basic composition in the plan. The cylinder shape of the house entails a spatial conversation with the immediate environment in a completely different way if compared to the “box” house typology. This volume requires a spacious site configuration for its radial perceptual entity. Not having a clear front or back dilutes the façade value and invites for circling the building to understand its simplicity and clearness. The cylinder in gently pushed to its center in one side in order to create a spacious porch which is divided into two areas (cooking porch and living porch) due to the inclusion of a boxed double door entrance module. With this volume we aim to exteriorize the main perpendicular axes that constitute the interior wall distribution.  A series of cylindrical columns remain in the original periphery to maintain the controlled porch enclosure. This house typology allows for settling in multiple site configurations and for easy redistribution of the spaces for orientation / illumination purposes.

The FootPrint House prototype has an interior heated area that may vary from as little as 1,000sqft to 3,000sqft depending on surface requirements. The building follows the two ideal characteristics for home quality improvement: Affordable and Green due to its prefabricated constructability and the use of environmentally friendly construction performance.​

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