Multigenerational PDU (Paired Dwelling Units)

SVA ID/BE Design Studio I – Fall 2021 Professor – Darrick Borowski Qian Jessie Wang

Concept Statement

Paired multigenerational apartment nurtures relationships among generations and emotional health by creating a space for multi-generation.

Social relations

Housing affects people’s living conditions and  social relations, and also people’s lifestyle depending on architecture. Change the living location between different generations and keep an appropriate distance from each generation’s personal space, which promotes more harmonious family relations among generations.

Human mental health 

Housing has a great impact on people’s psychology. People can feel comfortable and enjoyable by living in a house with existing interests in behaviour and  humanistic care for elder people and ADA.

Research + Audience

With the rising demand of the elderly for home care and the increase of the cost of living, families for the three generations of urban type the demand for housing is on the rise. Although the three generations of urban type have many advantages in pension and cost of living control, when generations live together, contradictions and conflicts are inevitable, we should try to avoid the interior of the family in the design of architectural space to promote the communication of three generations.

These maps show the proportion of population aged 60 or over in 2014 and 2050 and demonstrate the speed at which populations are ageing.

Housing Problem

In the past, most of the three generations were forced to live together because of lack of economic strength.

Address Problem

In the future, the three generations living together will live in the same hall in the sense of maintaining relative independence between old and young couples.



Alternative User

Alternative User

Journey Diagrams

States Diagrams–Floor Plan

States Diagrams–Section

States Diagrams

Mood board


Interior Views/Renderings