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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 $108,000 can build an efficient shingled shack

Oyster House Wins Affordable Housing Contest


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Sometimes you come across the best little gems when you least expect it. Reading The Cape Cod Times the other day and learned about the contest winners of an affordable housing design competition held by the Cape Cod Modern Trust and other partners. Learn more about the competition.

Out of 120 entries, this 700-square foot, year-round house won. It has a pentagon-shaped footprint and one bedroom. The design team CxMxD included Christopher Lee, Mengyi Fan and Dungjai Pungauthaikan. The home costs $108,000 to build but that cost goes down as the number of houses increases.

From the winning entry:

Oyster House sets a new standard for entry-level housing in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Developable land in Cape Cod is at a premium since much of the open space is now protected natural landscape. By building smaller, Oyster House achieves more density with less impact on Cape Cod’s precious landscape. Oyster House uses less; less energy, less building material, less building area. Simultaneously, the house does more. Its pentagonal plan makes for easy siting in multiple orientations, maximizing privacy, permitting views, and responding to the sun’s path through the southern sky. While the proposed project is situated on 91 Point Point Way, the house is conceived of as a repeatable unit that can be deployed across multiple sites in the town of Wellfleet.

This area has such a rich history of artist and writer’s colonies, as well as cutting-edge, mid-century modern architecture that tread lightly on the land, that the competition and winning design is very fitting.

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