PROFESSOR: MICHAEL MEREDITH
TEAM: ANDREW MACMILLAN
LOCATION: PRINCETON SOA
Traverse is both a noun and a verb. It is a suggestion to move, of movement, but it also the act of moving itself; traversing.
He traversed the forest. A probe is traversed along a tunnel. The transverse plane is the imaginary demarcation which divides the body into superior and inferior parts.
Traverse House attempts to address movement by developing a series of axial spatial plays; acts of traversal. These axial spatial operations maximize potential daylighting and views on an incredibly narrow site, whilst providing a uniform experience across units.
But it is not just light and view that are at play. Rather, the axial operations are the mechanism for dissolving privacy. A barely noticeable subterfuge, which attacks the very implication of normal, and reminds us everyday of the presences of the other. Shared garden space, and shared living spaces across units and their second floor semi-private foyers; Translucent walls between them; Unobstructed vertical and horizontal views; all play into imposing density, urbanism, and most importantly, the "other" into the domestic sphere.
Traverse House brings the stimulus of the city between the walls of the home.