The Crib is a 20-unit, 16,800 SF, urban micro-housing concept with a mix of studio (375 SF) and one bedroom (500 SF) apartments located in Lincoln, Nebraska. All units are market rate and will help alleviate a critical shortage of efficient and affordable housing options.
As an urban infill project, balconies provide direct connection to the exterior, while a roof patio promotes social interaction and healthy food production on-site for residents. By elevating the program, existing on-grade parking is preserved along with a mixed-use 1980s building to the south; all on a parcel smaller than the average single-family lot.
Structurally, cross laminated timber (CLT) rests on a steel and concrete frame. CLT acts as a carbon sink, provides a natural material connection, and an acoustic separation for spaces. An east concrete wall defines the only zero-property line and is punctuated with an array of solid glass cubes to provide a lens for natural light distribution with the circulation spine.
Reused surplus weathering steel piping acts as strategic façade shading, cladding and structural elements. Photovoltaics provide up to 50 percent renewable energy and simultaneously provide shade on the roof deck.