STACKED HOUSE, by Kiel Moe For this 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath house, shipping containers are used to increase the scale of the small footprint. The bedrooms are on opposite ends of the one-level house with public areas in between. The design calls for a hydronic radiant heating and cooling system in a concrete floor and the narrow plan enables ample daylight and cross ventilation to maximize energy performance.
THE CRANK HOUSE, by over,under This 2,400-square-foot design presents a creative spin on a box-like structure. At the entrance, the living room offers views in three directions. One half-flight up from the entrance is a home-office. Another half-flight up are two bedrooms with two full bathrooms, and access to a small roof deck at tree-top level. The stairs circulate around the perimeter, connecting some rooms visually and separating others for privacy.
STANLEY AND OLIVER, by Project. At 1,500 square feet, the house features two connecting structures: one with a single story and another with two stories. The entrance is on the lower level, along with a bedroom and the living room, which opens up to outdoor views through large expanses of glass and connects directly to the kitchen and dining room. The staircase, which appears to float next to the dining room, leads to two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.
By Jaci Conry, Globe Correspondent | Oct. 22, 2009