As a prototype for future Big Dig architecture, the structural system for this 3,400sf house is comprised of steel and concrete from Boston’s Big Dig, utilizing over 600,000 lbs of salvaged materials.
Although similar to a pre-fab system, subtle spatial arrangements were designed from highway components.
Highway components. An off-ramp to be specific.
Most importantly, the house demonstrates an untapped potential for the public realm: with strategic front-end planning, much needed community programs including schools, libraries, and housing could be constructed whenever infrastructure is deconstructed, saving valuable resources, embodied energy, and taxpayer dollars.