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760 Wagner
With Charlie O'Geen
Detroit, Michigan 2010

An abandoned masonry house was acquired before its planned demolition. Upon inspection we found that a scissor truss roof was erected over top of an original flat roof . The scissor truss roof system was connected down into the original flat roof system making a hybrid roof. We then extracted as much excess material as possible from the four facades, relying on the principals of overlapping masonry construction. The main floor was cut away from the exterior walls and the load bearing partitions were removed. The floor was hung from the hybrid roof system to reveal the transfer of loading.

This work attempts to separate and clarify the house as a body through its parts.

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