Mark D. Stankey and
John A. Kucharski
Montana State University, Bozeman
Concept: The team devised a plan based on a 25-foot-by-15-foot module to take advantage of prefabrication. The modules stand above potential floodwaters on steel columns and plug into a central, concrete-framed core containing mechanical systems.
The L-shaped plan has the kitchen, dining, and living areas running parallel to the street. Spaces on the street side open to balconies faced on the top, bottom, and sides in steel grating to filter light, which Stankey and Kucharski see as an updated version of French Quarter “balcony architecture.” Steel shutters pull down for both privacy and protection against hurricane winds.
This configuration, by placing most of the living space near the street, leaves a larger rear yard than the long, narrow shotgun plans typical of the city. The modular planning would permit other configurations, according to the entrants.
They also propose different assemblies depending on whether cost was the driving factor or more robust construction. While the “economic” exterior relies on wood studs, cement-composite siding, and glass-fiber batt insulation, the “enhanced” version anticipates steel studs, metal siding, and sprayed polystyrene insulation. Trahan admired the way the project engaged the system by which it would be built. J.S.R.
“This design was realistic in the way it considered materials.” —Gay