Kristy Krone : The Apiary Project
Kristy Krone
The Apiary Project
Kristy Krone, February 22, 2010
Bio_Express

Kristy Krone graduated from California State University Long Beach in May of 2009, with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture Design. She quickly gained notoriety in the design world with her fresh take on communal living and has won numerous scholarships and awards. She has had the great pleasure of working with architectural legend Dion Neutra and her latest project, The Apiary, which also was featured in Dwell Magazine. Kristy has a love for the mid-century modern movement and the powerful connection created between people and good design.  



Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Administration_elevations
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Administration_elevations


The Apiary Project

Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design process and operation of their neighborhoods. Residents are consciously committed to living as a community and the intent of the physical design encourages social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents additionally have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, and a common house.


dwelling floor plan_ourtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA
dwelling floor plan_ourtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA


Bees are hard workers, devoted to family, community and understanding the importance of good real estate. When a queen bee finds an abandoned hive, she will re-inhabit it. With a similar intent for this development, The Apiary was born. A unique cohousing inspired community, The Apiary repurposes an old Neutra project from the 1940s into a new vibrant community for neighborliness to thrive. Much like nature’s great miracle of the close-knit colonies that bees form, performing important daily tasks, The Apiary’s hive (common house), outdoor courtyard BBQs, pool, and open space provide the perfect environment for developing close ties.

The Apiary’s residents know who lives six houses down because they eat common meals together, allocate homeowners dues together and gratefully accept rides when their car’s in the shop. The goal at The Apiary is to create a place “where lives are simplified, the earth and history are respected, diversity is welcomed, children can play together in safety, and living in a community with neighbors comes naturally.”


Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project


In the early 1940s, Richard Neutra designed a Federal housing project in San Pedro, CA for World War II shipyard workers. The project sat on just of over 160 acres of canyon land with 600 units. After the war ended the project slowly fell victim to vandalism and lack of maintain. It was purchase, subdivided and destroyed over time. Now, nothing of this piece of history remains. Like the bees, it is important for us to stay connected to our history. It is irresponsible and foolish for us to waste our resources, demolishing historic gems. The Apiary is a perfect solution for the community, family, and housing problems we face today.

childrens playroom_ourtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA
childrens playroom_ourtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA


CHILD CARE

The Apiary offers you and your child the opportunity to create lasting relationships. Childcare is operated by one of the stay at home moms, with the assistance of a hired aid. Children are able to play with neighbors and develop friendships for life. As a parent, there is no need to worry about whom your child is with. Your neighbor offers the support that help make it easier to enjoy the time you have with your family.  The children’s playroom is full of activities to keep a child occupied. There is a gallery/craft room and music room that is reorganized for family showcases. The game area, movie and pillow room, computers and private children’s playground provide hours of entertainment throughout the day.


Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Family dwelling
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Family dwelling


HIVE LIVING

We all have rooms in our home that are not used frequently. At The Apiary those rooms have been removed from the individual home but are combine to create the common house (Hive) that functions as an extension of ones’ own home. The common living room, dining room, workroom and a fitness area provide individuals with an opportunity to socialize throughout the day. The spaces are large enough to conveniently entertain inside or on the outdoor patios.

Dining at The Hive is an especially important part of cohousing. The kitchen is efficiently designed to allow for large prep. Each family is required to cook a community dinner once a month. The rest of the month one can frequently enjoy what his neighbor has prepared. This seemingly irrelevant activity saves time and energy which allows for more quality time with family.


Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Large Hive
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Large Hive


EXTERIOR

The Apiary landscaping is meant to encourage the use of the outdoors. The BBQ patio areas allow for parties while the children play in the trees and the grass. The reflection pools provide tranquility and The Cabana house is another wonderful place to relax or entertain.


Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_The Final PoolHouse
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_The Final PoolHouse


THE SITE

Maintaining the buildings original locations, architecture and structure, I redesigned the flow of the site to facilitate community through paths and landscape. By providing each home with a deck that extends to the path and a half wall off one side of the house, I was able to provide semi-private exterior space without damaging the connection to the community.

The addition of a road along the let side of the community allows access for the neighboring individuals, for events at The Hive, while still providing privacy for the individual homes.


Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA
Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA


Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA
Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA


THE HOME

In the 1970s the average home size was 1700 sq ft with an average of 3.1 individuals occupying the space. In today’s society, the average home size is 2300 sq ft with only an average of 2.6 individuals residing in the home. As Americans, we have expanded far beyond what is necessary. With this expansion we have given up our sense of community for isolation in a large home that is under utilized. The Apiary homes are reasonably sized at 1900 sq ft. with an 8500 sq ft common house, a cabana house, and community BBQ patios.


Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA
Courtesy Dion Neutra, Architect © and Richard and Dion Neutra Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.Young Research Library, UCLA


Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Rendered site plan
Kristy Krone/The Apiary Project_Rendered site plan


THE APIARY

Drawing inspiration from the bees, I felt that it was necessary to provide a safe haven for them as well. At The Apiary Housing Community, there is an actual apiary on site maintained by the individuals that live in the community. By having an apiary on site, the community has the benefit of fresh honey, beautiful pollinated flowers, and an onsite educational opportunity for the children of the community.