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This micro-house serves as one of five templates for the 200 new units being added to Community First! Village, which provides accommodations to people transitioning out of homelessness in Austin, Texas. The initial prototype was developed for a man seeking a heightened sense of privacy that would contrast his prior experiences on the streets. In turn, an ultra-secluded interior brings in light from a glass copula in its lofted ceiling, yet still maintains a sense of warmth thanks to the Baltic birch used to construct its central storage wall, built-in desk and cozy bed nook. Meanwhile, space for guests and views of the outdoors are both satisfied by an expansive screened-in patio.

Team Michael Hsu with Micah Land, Nkiru Gelles and Shannon Ruhl

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Tiny Victories

This micro-house serves as one of five templates for the 200 new units being added to Community First! Village, which provides accommodations to people transitioning out of homelessness in Austin, Texas.

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2022
Award of MeritSocial Good
Location
Ganthier, Haiti
Firm
Studio PHH Architecture, U.S.
2015
WinnerSocial Good
Architect
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2017
WinnerSocial Good
Location
Venice, Italy ­
Firm
OPSYS, Toronto, Canada