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The 3-Families House is a co-housing community in the rapidly developing city of Shaoxing, China.

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With a traditional gable roof that splits in two, the house forms a dialogue with the surrounding complex urban roofscape.

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Surrounded by a dense field of small single family homes, the split gable roof holds housing for three individual families and a neighborhood daycare center.

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The section dynamically changes to uniquely accommodate the three families - creating both communal areas and private spaces.

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The house is comprised of three distinct layers of program: a daycare on the ground floor; a communal dining area with private kitchens on the second level; and, each of the family’s bedrooms on level three.

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A large horizontal opening along the long side of the house gives expansive views of the surrounding neighborhood roofscape.

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On the ground level, the 3-Families House provides an public outdoor space for the neighborhood underneath its large cantilever in addition to a community daycare center.

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Level 2 holds shared communal spaces for the three families: a communal dining table, urban gardens, and relaxation nooks, in addition to private kitchens for each family.

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Shifting bedrooms on the third floor separate the three living units from each other. A central light-filled atrium bring light and air to each of the bedrooms and views down to the community area below.

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The structure accommodates a diversity of programs and inhabitants within a single form.

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The split gable roof atrium sectionally connections the private bedroom suites of Level 3 with the communal areas of Level 2.

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