Comply with Standard for Building Construction Operations | Tom Ngo | The Draftery
The project is a reinterpretation of a rowhouse built within the confines of 8 units of a self-storage garage. The traditional rowhouse, which is typically symmetrical, was a method for efficiently creating houses. Rowhouse: Unit 4, the title of the project, is for one individual. The rooms are unprogrammed and duplicated to present the occupant with choice and reflects one of main themes found within my work — the removal or blurring of an architectural truth (counter to modernists). The duplicate mailboxes (for the hypothetical mailperson) also reflect this choice and assists in flattening the hierarchies of the spaces on the front facade. By designing the structure in this manner, the building becomes less about need and functionality and more about space, organization and design which I feel are the elements that elevate architecture.
The final tangible deliverable given to a client from an architect is a construction set of drawings which makes real the ideas developed during design. This document does not merely represent the final building but solidifies ideas during the design process. Making real can, unfortunately, come at the cost of artistic merit as the whole package becomes a testament to coordination of the people involved; some of whom don’t care what the drawings look like as long as the information is there. Rowhouse: Unit 4, proposes to shift the artful intent away from typical architectural presentation and process drawings towards the drawing/construction set. The document is produced fully in CAD and the final printed set, each page stamped and signed, sits as the objet d’art.