QTCT
Queenstown Court
Bum Bungalows

Queenstown Court

Beach life is erratic but casual. Urban life is demanding and aggressive. QTCT is tasked to blend these two identities onto one site—a give and take relationship between beach ambitions and urban necessities. To bring together these two opposing forces, the search for started with deriving form, materiality and feeling directly from the vernacular of the site and learning from its logic and traditions. Walking from beach to bay takes less than five minutes.

QTCT consists of six lots: four to the North and two to the South. Each lot is 25’ x 50’; remaining consistent with adjacent business and residential lot sizes. Alleyways for parking border each edge of the lots. A pedestrian bicycle path moves through the site linking it with the beaches. QTCT is a sampling of both worlds: on one hand it is the embodiment of the found language of the beach and on the other it is a detailed and exacting built urban space. A core kit of design elements and materials is adopted by the new structures. Hierarchies and relationships are accented among the units creating dynamic encounters and playful responses.

PROGRAM: Beach Housing

CRITIC: Tom Hartman

YEAR:
2010
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Diagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing project

CHARLIE: The most reserved and subtle unit. Charlie helps anchor the complex with the context by lowering the scale back down to a two story structure.

Diagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing project
Diagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing project
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Aerial photograph of a massing model and digital massing model for a mixed-massing form of shifting boxes for QTCTAerial photograph of a massing model and digital massing model for a mixed-massing form of shifting boxes for QTCTAerial photograph of a massing model and digital massing model for a mixed-massing form of shifting boxes for QTCTAerial photograph of a massing model and digital massing model for a mixed-massing form of shifting boxes for QTCT
Aerial photo showing the infill site used for QTCT in relation to the beach and the bay along Mission Beach, San DiegoAerial photo showing the infill site used for QTCT in relation to the beach and the bay along Mission Beach, San DiegoAerial photo showing the infill site used for QTCT in relation to the beach and the bay along Mission Beach, San DiegoAerial photo showing the infill site used for QTCT in relation to the beach and the bay along Mission Beach, San Diego
Diagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing projectDiagrammatic section perspective showing the programs and scale of the single family Charlie unit in the QTCT housing project
Digital and physical massing studies of the Rip Shack concept for a continuous surface structure as part of the QTCT processDigital and physical massing studies of the Rip Shack concept for a continuous surface structure as part of the QTCT processDigital and physical massing studies of the Rip Shack concept for a continuous surface structure as part of the QTCT processDigital and physical massing studies of the Rip Shack concept for a continuous surface structure as part of the QTCT process
Model photo of the proposed massing scheme for QTCT housing diagrammed with color coded material conceptsModel photo of the proposed massing scheme for QTCT housing diagrammed with color coded material conceptsModel photo of the proposed massing scheme for QTCT housing diagrammed with color coded material conceptsModel photo of the proposed massing scheme for QTCT housing diagrammed with color coded material concepts
Perspectives of interior and exterior moments of the single family Charlie unit on the south side of the QTCT projectPerspectives of interior and exterior moments of the single family Charlie unit on the south side of the QTCT projectPerspectives of interior and exterior moments of the single family Charlie unit on the south side of the QTCT projectPerspectives of interior and exterior moments of the single family Charlie unit on the south side of the QTCT project
Pair of perspectives of the three-story Maverick unit at the edges of the QTCT project designed for multiple residentsPair of perspectives of the three-story Maverick unit at the edges of the QTCT project designed for multiple residentsPair of perspectives of the three-story Maverick unit at the edges of the QTCT project designed for multiple residentsPair of perspectives of the three-story Maverick unit at the edges of the QTCT project designed for multiple residents
Context image of the local Mission Beach lifeguard tower as an inspiration for the materiality of the QTCT projectContext image of the local Mission Beach lifeguard tower as an inspiration for the materiality of the QTCT projectContext image of the local Mission Beach lifeguard tower as an inspiration for the materiality of the QTCT projectContext image of the local Mission Beach lifeguard tower as an inspiration for the materiality of the QTCT project
Aerial perspective illustrating the laneways and potential infill sites for the QTCT projectAerial perspective illustrating the laneways and potential infill sites for the QTCT projectAerial perspective illustrating the laneways and potential infill sites for the QTCT projectAerial perspective illustrating the laneways and potential infill sites for the QTCT project
Long section through the Maverick and Goose units of the QTCT housing proposalLong section through the Maverick and Goose units of the QTCT housing proposalLong section through the Maverick and Goose units of the QTCT housing proposalLong section through the Maverick and Goose units of the QTCT housing proposal
Diagrammatic section perspective of the pair of combined Goose Units at the center of the QTCT project with parkingDiagrammatic section perspective of the pair of combined Goose Units at the center of the QTCT project with parkingDiagrammatic section perspective of the pair of combined Goose Units at the center of the QTCT project with parkingDiagrammatic section perspective of the pair of combined Goose Units at the center of the QTCT project with parking
Initial concept sketches in search of the form for the QTCT infill housing proposal with lifted units of multiple materialsInitial concept sketches in search of the form for the QTCT infill housing proposal with lifted units of multiple materialsInitial concept sketches in search of the form for the QTCT infill housing proposal with lifted units of multiple materialsInitial concept sketches in search of the form for the QTCT infill housing proposal with lifted units of multiple materials
Animation of the multiple floor plans of the QTCT housing proposal showing the porous ground and relationship of the stairsAnimation of the multiple floor plans of the QTCT housing proposal showing the porous ground and relationship of the stairsAnimation of the multiple floor plans of the QTCT housing proposal showing the porous ground and relationship of the stairsAnimation of the multiple floor plans of the QTCT housing proposal showing the porous ground and relationship of the stairs
Aerial perspective rendering showing the variety of unit types and density of the QTCT proposalAerial perspective rendering showing the variety of unit types and density of the QTCT proposalAerial perspective rendering showing the variety of unit types and density of the QTCT proposalAerial perspective rendering showing the variety of unit types and density of the QTCT proposal
Perspective collage looking through the laneway linking all of the bungalow units in the QTCT infill housing projectPerspective collage looking through the laneway linking all of the bungalow units in the QTCT infill housing projectPerspective collage looking through the laneway linking all of the bungalow units in the QTCT infill housing projectPerspective collage looking through the laneway linking all of the bungalow units in the QTCT infill housing project
Perspective collage showing a gathering of residents cooking within the laneway between bungalow units in the QTCT proposalPerspective collage showing a gathering of residents cooking within the laneway between bungalow units in the QTCT proposalPerspective collage showing a gathering of residents cooking within the laneway between bungalow units in the QTCT proposalPerspective collage showing a gathering of residents cooking within the laneway between bungalow units in the QTCT proposal
Perspectives of the digital and physical model of the Bum Box open frame concept for the QTCT projectPerspectives of the digital and physical model of the Bum Box open frame concept for the QTCT projectPerspectives of the digital and physical model of the Bum Box open frame concept for the QTCT projectPerspectives of the digital and physical model of the Bum Box open frame concept for the QTCT project
Diagrammatic section perspective of the various functions within the Maverick Housing Unit at the edges of the QTCT projectDiagrammatic section perspective of the various functions within the Maverick Housing Unit at the edges of the QTCT projectDiagrammatic section perspective of the various functions within the Maverick Housing Unit at the edges of the QTCT projectDiagrammatic section perspective of the various functions within the Maverick Housing Unit at the edges of the QTCT project
Exterior and interior perspectives of the two-story Goose duplex at the center of the QTCT housing proposalExterior and interior perspectives of the two-story Goose duplex at the center of the QTCT housing proposalExterior and interior perspectives of the two-story Goose duplex at the center of the QTCT housing proposalExterior and interior perspectives of the two-story Goose duplex at the center of the QTCT housing proposal

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