The Live Work Home is integrating the concept of social, economic, and environmental sustainability back to Syacuse, New York by building green. Designed by Cook + Fox, the concept for the home was to provide a space that is highly adaptable and flexible, making it incredibly efficient programmatically. Homes provide a family privacy, but can also be social and economic domains. The Live Work Home is designed to be replicated on any single-family lot, promoting investment at a scale that is more affordable with the existing market of the Near West Side.
“Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. It’s time we gave this some thought.” – Buckminster Fuller
The Live Work Home utilizes highly efficient planning by consolidating a service core and leaving a large open area for living, working, and sleeping. Mobile casework furniture provides moveable walls for the bedrooms, giving the space incredible flexibility without the associated construction costs or time it takes to change the layout of the floor plan. Due to its linear quality, the house also is able to increase and decrease as allowed by the site and the change in family/work life. The construction of the house includes a mixture of site-built and pre-fabricated elements for maximum material and cost efficiency. The unique façade of the home’s solar screen is interchangeable due to privacy preferences by the residents as well as general site orientation. Due to its incredible interchangeability, the Live Work Home provides a lifetime of waste-free remodeling, providing a model for sustainable home building in the future.