Tower House is an experiment in vertical living. A typical bungalow of 400 square meters is squeezed into a footprint of 6.5 x 12.5m, forcing the program up five stories rather than spread along the ground. Our goal was to create the experience of living in a house, despite the stacked nature of the building type, that evokes the warmth and connection of shared spaces, and creates a diversity of experiences throughout the space. At the same time, it takes advantage of the benefits of moving vertically with efficiently organized plumbing and mechanical systems, views across the city, and greater potentials for both stack and cross ventilation.
A concrete frame provides the skeleton, with vertical circulation centred to allow openings on all sides, and an outward looking entry to every room. Walls wrap the interior spaces, while balconies move around on each floor to open new vistas and new experiences. Rooms are treated as pockets within the larger framework, minimizing the need for air conditioning and maintaining the connection to the outdoors. While balconies turn in to bring a corner of outdoor space to the room, punched windows around the wall create an intimate experience, deeply protected and low their view is found only from a seated position.