Rose Lee’s House is the result of two semesters work of the Second Year Studio. The purpose of the Second Year Studio is to investigate contemporary forms of rural dwellings. In 2008-2009, Rose’s House focused in experimentation of the Expandable House. This house expands and grows by need, and over time: it is based in the traditional local farmhouse strategy and its design is driven by the client’s priorities, necessities and lifestyle.
The courtyard brings natural light, weather and landscape into the center of the dwelling, together with privacy and intimacy, and during the hot west Alabama months, becomes the ‘outdoor living room’. The experimentation of the Expandable Courtyard House reintroduces, into the housing debate, one of the main heritages of the Modern Movement and offers the opportunity to test a low-rise model as an alternative to the contemporary “Sprawl logic”, for the development of rural villages and their densification.