Common House

Reimagining how we live together through collective housing


Partnering with nonprofit South of Downtown Community Development Organization in Lincoln, the NEw Attainable House project challenges us to reimagine the way we live through affordable shared housing. The project, located in the Near South neighborhood, introduces a new housing type where spaces are shared between residents to foster connection and support the larger community culture.The team worked with Lincoln City Planning to devise a strategy for adding density and collective living with reduced parking requirements, all the while addressing the design guidelines for the historic district.

The house is part of the FACT 24: NEw Attainable House project and featured in the NEw Attainable House exhibition open throughout 2021 at the Nebraska History Museum. Follow this link for exhibition details. A printed catalog published by Actual FACT Books is now available.

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The project consists of four buildings connected with an activated landscape.

Rethinking the single room occupancy (SRO) and micro-apartment building as a collective living environment - A Big Home

standard and double units highlighted in yellow

The house form relates to the walk-up apartments and single-family homes located in the neighborhood by drawing elements from the surrounding residential fabric. Forms such as the Mansard roof, front porch, chimney, bay window, and even color have been abstracted to mask the modern development in a familiar language.

activate landscapes in the side yard

Project Team

FACT students:
Noah Schacher
Emily Tetschner

Planning student:
Megan Patent-Nygren

Ethan Boerner

Actual Architecture Co.
Dennis Krymuza

Photography By Larry Gawel
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