Honey Pod & Community [concept]

This project is part of a small body of work created during an accredited Architecture Studio at Portland State University ]


Project Goal:  Design and model a sleeping pod—to be delivered by truck, no larger than 12’ x 8’ x 10.5’—and community for Portland’s houseless at Lovejoy Fountain Park.

Duration:  7 days

Quick Facts:

  • The design of the Honey Pod is heavily influenced by an underlying hexagonal grid system, which later is used for the orientation of the pods within the site plan. The roof slope collects rain water into a planter to reduce runoff.

  • Though not completely featured in the orthographic drawings, each interior wall has a specific function based on the needs of houseless individuals.

  • The site plan considers various pedestrian pathways in and around the park—augmented by ADA ramps— to maximize livable and navigable areas for the community and passersby.

  • The site features three externally oriented kiosks to display information about the community and encourage indirect communication between the community and other Portlanders.

  • The site also features an internally focused kiosk to encourage internal direct communication—in consideration that houseless individuals tend not to have cell phones and will need to share vital information.

  • The site plan also accommodates bathroom and shower facilities; a kitchen and dining area; a central community space; several benches and seating areas; and a solar array.


Final Site Plan and Site Flow

Handmade Renderings


Final Honey Pod Orthographics

Handmade Renderings