Multi-Family Affordable Housing
1,600 SF - 2,150 SF (Scattered Site)
Philadelphia: Norris Square
Mi Casa is an urban infill affordable housing prototype in the heart of Philadelphia; a city filled with half a million rowhouses, nearly 40,000 empty lots and a 23% deep poverty rate. This project responds to the housing crisis by providing healthy, energy efficient, durable homes to first time buyers earning 0% to 50% AMI in the rapidly gentrifying Norris Square neighborhood. Constructed over multiple phases and utilizing the duplex as a repeatable typology, Mi Casa is designed to adapt to multiple scattered sites within the neighborhood, many as narrow as twelve feet. Collaborating with Xiente, Mi Casa roots itself in pride-of-place and cultural heritage with bold colors, patterns, and texture. These porch-fronted homes draw visual and spatial cues from the area’s colloquial built overlays, the result of decades of Latino migration, as well as the traditional Puerto Rican vernaculars that birthed these patterns. The vibrant design aims to build generational resiliency and wealth expansion for longtime residents as their neighborhood changes.