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[+] AIA MICHIGAN MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING DESIGN COMPETITION - MIND THE GAP
Michigan communities face a shortage of Missing Middle Housing. These housing options fill the void between single-family homes and high-rise apartment buildings, offering affordable medium-density residential units, typically inserted into tight sites in previously developed areas and within walkable mixed-use environments. They offer sustainable living to a broad range of people, and the market for these housing options continues to grow.
MIND THE GAP illustrates an approach to building Missing Middle housing in a Neighborhood Main Street Node within a mixed-use district in a
large-sized city along a commercial corridor. The district consists of varied, mostly traditional and historic structures with heights ranging from one to four stories. This Neighborhood Main Street Node is in need of revitalization and reinvestment, including services within walking
distance that provide day-to-day amenities and small local businesses. MIND THE GAP shows how medium-density housing can be appropriately integrated into this context. The design arrives at a “hybrid” design which tests several small-scale housing types in one building and creates the possibility for a range of shared spaces and resources. This model is flexible and adaptable to a community’s needs.
MIND THE GAP was awarded 2nd place by AIA Michigan for the it's thoughtful and comprehensive design solutions.