Occupy the ceiling

Fall 2018

Canadian Centre of Architecture

Inter-University Charrette - “Housing One by One“



Instead of implanting a prefabricated house on a fresh site, our proposal exploits the potential of unused ceiling spaces to create a hybrid of the original program and housing. Our site for current intervention is an architecture studio space with its high ceilings, but the same system could be deployed on other tall volumes like warehouses, industrial factory spaces, alleyways and gyms.


The 1x1 grid is elevated above the ground plane to allow the normal program to continue uninterrupted while the hovering plane is where people can sleep, relax or ponder. The system strips housing to its fundamentals and seeks to make use of available resources rather than enlarging one’s environmental footprint by building anew.