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Old 10-31-2013, 11:55 PM   #41
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

Reminds me of a dorm design.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:51 AM   #42
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

What does aB think of my rowhouses?





Approximately 1900sqft of living space in each home.

(And yes, those are stock 3D Warehouse windows and doors - I don't have the time!)
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:05 AM   #43
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

Work in a modern Mansard roof and I'm sold.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:00 PM   #44
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So while talking about shitty apartments with some people the other day, splits came up. For those of you not familiar, its basically when a slumlord cuts up an apartment so there is no living room, just bedrooms and a kitchen and bath. Worst case scenario sees you having to walk through one bedroom to get to the other, best case you have a small foyer that all are attached through. They are awful.

But it got me to thinking. Many roommates who are not already friends do not spend much time together, spending most of it in their rooms. The common areas usually will only get used when guests are over or such. This was the situation at my old place: three bedroom with a dining and living room, we all stayed in our rooms and the common areas didn't do much more than collect dust.

So, what if you purposefully designed a split from the get-go?
The concept is essentially two studios sharing a kitchen, each having its own bedroom and large walk in closet. The rooms are very large to accommodate not just a bed, but a desk and space for a couch or love seat for guests. The kitchen would be very large and spacious, you would have a porch, and laundry would be in-unit. The building itself would be fairly nice, perhaps with a gym and common room for when you would want to have a large group of people over. I'm thinking ~$2400-$2600 for rent, if it was in Allston.

What do you think, would you live in it if you were single?

Green = Bed
Yellow = Kitchen
Blue = Bath
Orange = Closet
Teal = Deck
Pink = Laundry/Utilities

The small cabinet furthest to the bottom would be a floor to ceiling pantry. Utilities would not be included, each unit would have its own hot water heater and furnace in the utility closet attached to the laundry room. Central air would be a given.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:22 PM   #45
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

That's honestly a freaking brilliant idea.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:35 PM   #46
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

In all honesty, it's like a nicer version of a lot of international dorms where everyone gets their own room and bathroom, but shares a kitchen and common area with 10-20 people. Could work great as student or recent grad housing.

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True story: the worst version of this I ever saw back in my cheap apartment hunting days was shown to me by Amy Poehler's dad.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:49 PM   #47
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That's essentially what two bedroom apartments are like in MIT's Sidney-Pacific graduate housing. See e.g. http://s-p.mit.edu/resources/floorplans/NW86_2.pdf
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:01 PM   #48
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

I've been working on this tall residential tower a lot lately. I have the idea that it could be micro lofts. While geeking out on google earth I scoped out this parking lot and thought a skinny tower could fit in this spot in Chinatown.






I think the design fits well into the surrounding skyline, what do you think?



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Old 07-18-2014, 08:49 PM   #49
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*sigh* If only...
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #50
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Just dumped onto google earth imagery, but anyone familiar with Allston should know this building, across from Pizzeria Regina. I've just started shopping around a redevelopment proposal, so I thought I'd share...





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Old 09-26-2014, 04:22 PM   #51
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Nice touch:

Melon Cauli, the wake and bakery.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:34 AM   #52
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I'd love anything that got rid of that creepy mural with people in the windows.
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:45 PM   #53
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This may belong in this thread or it may not, (I'm new here) but I figured it fit better here. On my spare time the past week, I've (very) quickly designed some buildings to "cap" I-90 and the adjacent rail lines as well. As of right now some of them are bland, but others are getting there. As I advance in these designs, more curves, angles, and modern aspects of architecture will be added to the buildings , while keeping the integrity of Boston's style of architecture(heck, some may be completely deleted).
In past years (and currently), capping I-90 has been a nightmare (mainly financial problems). Note that these are concepts, and if money wasn't an issue I would surely want to see this happen to Boston. The concept includes a new modern subway station on Columbus Ave, a 577' tower between Albany St and Curve St, along with 12 other smaller buildings/towers. On top of all this, a mini "greenway" caps over half of I-90.


A rendering with the Prudential in the background


A birds eye view of the 577' tall tower and surrounding buildings. I've been thinking about the height and location of this tower and may pose a threat to planes taking off from Logan (maybe not, I don't know)


The new subway station entrance at Columbus Ave.


A close up of some of the buildings that are coming along, note the walkway/green space


An overview of the entire concept/project

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Old 01-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #54
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Re: Buildings I've designed.

Cool ideas! If you want, repost in this thread about decking the Pike. Welcome!
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:31 PM   #55
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Cool ideas! If you want, repost in this thread about decking the Pike. Welcome!
Thanks! I'm slowly getting to learn my way around the site!
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:22 PM   #56
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Modern hill-top single family home



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Old 07-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #57
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Contemporary rowhouse neighborhood... my kind of place









Interior furnishings and landscaping courtesy of 3D Warehouse
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:37 PM   #58
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I'd live there.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:04 PM   #59
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I like these far better than your previous attempts, Shep. Why not three or four stories, though?
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:23 PM   #60
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^ I tried, but the NIMBYs came out in full force
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