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Transitional Homes

Collaborative Design
A collaborative sprint with interior design to create single and family unit homes for survivors of domestic abuse.
Project Type

Group, Studio Class

Time

2 weeks

Semester

6, Spring 2023

  • What is transitional housing?
    Housing linked to supportive services, occupied for up to 24 months, to facilitate movement to permanent housing for people with need.

The Project

In a 2 week collaborative project with ASU interior design and industrial design programs, student groups design transitional homes utilizing shipping containers.

Collaborators

Interior Design

Brenda Gomez

Katie Hefner

Moises Miranda Hernandez

Industrial Design

Gabi Peters

Luis Jaramillo Munguia

Collaboration

Requirements

IND

Sketches

1/2” Scale Models

Renders Storyboards

INT

Floor Plans Sections/Elevations Models

Renders

Parameters

40ft Container

Interior: 39’ x 7’ x 7’6” 

20ft Container

Interior: 19’ x 7’ x 7’6” 

Contributions

IND

Ideation

3 Sleeping Systems

3D Models

1/2” Scale Shipping Container Models 1/2” Scale Models of Products

Research

Design Considerations For Small Spaces

Removable partitions between rooms so that room areas can be enlarged as needed 

Separate toilets, sinks and bathtubs each in its own compartment for shared units 

Modularity can improve the use of space and the user’s enjoyment of the space

Natural light and indoor plants can help make a small space seem less claustrophobic

User Research

User Needs

Security

Personal Space

Connection

Storage

Multi-functional Furniture

Single Women

Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Women with Children 

Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Users

Ideation - Bunk Bed

Chosen Concept

User Interaction- Bunk Bed

Ideation - Murphy Beds

Quick Concept

Went Straight to CAD After Research

2 Variations for 20ft unit + 40ft unit

Chosen Concept

User Interaction- Murphy Beds

Model Making

Shipping Containers

Cardboard, Foam Core

Bunk Bed

3D Printed, PLA

Murphy Beds

3D Printed, PLA

The Presentation

With user focused design and empathy, we developed six different living spaces

Life for domestic abuse survivors is not over. We aimed to create supportive spaces for love, connection, and growth. Spaces where women can rediscover their incredible selves and children can flourish. While these spaces are temporary, their benefits last a lifetime. 

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