Brattleboro, VT 

The Couple-Three House was designed for a divorced couple and their two children. Each parent has separate living quarters within the house while the children's suite and shared areas span and connect both sides.​ 


Since each parent desired equal living areas, a series of overlapping shared areas allows each dwelling unit to occupy 30% of the house, the limit permitted by building covenants. The remaining 40% comprises common and shared areas. These overlapping spaces are where family life also overlaps: the children’s bedrooms, playroom, guest quarters, lavatory, utility areas, storage, and mudroom.

The conceptual diagram for the planning of the house was based on stereoscopic reproduction. Two similar images are taken from slightly different positions and when recombined through an optical viewing device, the images combine into a three-dimensional approximation of spatial depth. Similarly, the design for the Couple-Three House aims to create a home that is more than the sum of its two separate, adjacent parts.


The sloped, wooded site lies on a privately developed road, where building covenants (among other design guidelines) restricted new dwellings to “single family” houses only. The challenge of building two units for one family where only one unit was permitted led to the idea of shared space. Vermont law permits an accessory dwelling (“in-law” apartment) within a single family dwelling, provided it occupies no more than 30% of the total area of the building.

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