Mosaic House derives its façade expression from the tradition of combining industrial and residential structures in close proximity as is often seen in the River Wards of Philadelphia. The façade treatment incorporates the steel sash fenestration that is present in older industrial structures of the area. The mosaic patterning of translucent, colored and clear glass are derived from the common practice of reglazing the old industrial windows with varying materials as they were available at the time. The pattern seeks to create a feeling of privacy while maintaining a sense of light and openness.
‘Mosaic House’ is a part of our ongoing case study investigation of modestly scaled housing prototypes based upon the constraints of a typical Philadelphia rowhouse lot. It is designed to ﬁt within a 16 foot lot width and the 35 foot height of a typical three story residential block.