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Pocket Hood A Wanted Common Area For People Not Cars

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On an empty lot next door to a popular craft brewery, the Blockhouse team wanted to build housing that would fit the buzzing Spokane (WA) neighborhood.

source/image(PrtSc): Kirsten Dirksen

They carefully placed micro and skinny units around the old-growth trees to create a pocket neighborhood (interior gathering spaces for the community), leaving just a few parking spaces at the property’s edge.

The Blockhouses were partially prefabbed – making it easier to save the trees – from cross-laminated timber (CLT) that serves as both structure and interior cladding. The wood, sourced from small-diameter and sometimes diseased or dead trees, helps to clear the local national forest for forest fires.

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They covered the entire roof of Perry Street Brewery with solar panels in order to achieve net-zero status. Each of the eight units – from the 960-square-foot skinny homes to the 260-square-foot micro studios – has a smart wall that helps to control climate based on use and weather conditions.//Kirsten Dirksen

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