The Shift, an international student house located at USC, examines the needs and wants of the students and through both program and design offers an idea of home for its users.
The house aims to provide the students both connection and privacy simulatenously. Carefully examined student movement and circulation around the site, the design calls to bring the most amount of students into its courtyard and restricts isolation. The curvelinear design emphasized towards the secured courtyard forces an offset from the site’s grid;whereas the project still maintains a site relationship through footprint and a regulated exterior facade. The Shift pushes the boundaries between organic forms and regular, between curves and linear.