The Link

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Zero Threshold Design Competition

The LINK: Removing barriers and embracing access by linking individuals physically, economically, socially, and multi-generationally.

Responding to a call for ideas, DAHLIN entered The LINK concept in the international architectural Zero Threshold design competition, receiving an Honorable Mention and McGregor Homes' People's Choice Award. Jurors of the competition recognized The LINK as an excellent planning project supported by very well-researched design, noting particularly, the idea of creating a multigenerational community that challenges some of the current thoughts on how we live in neighborhoods today.

Our current housing inventory is an echo; it's an artifact of a different time in our history.

"Young adults can't find homes that fit their means or lifestyle. Families need space to grow often including an aging parent. Seniors on fixed incomes have few choices. People want to live where they want and how they want, but lack the housing that makes it possible. The real adventure, the joy ride, is actually delivering value for people of more modest means."—Dr. Bill Thomas @ BUILD Conference

The LINK is a cluster of modular homes that address accessibility on a variety of fronts. It proposes efficient and affordable housing alternatives that champion diversity and inclusiveness in a shared communal environment. The solution looks at four key objectives: Transferability, Affordability, Accessibility/Responsiveness/Innovation, and Respecting the Neighborhood.

Project Specs

Site Area:0.3 acre
Number of Units:9 homes
Density/FAR:27 du/ac


2020 BALA Platinum Award, The Game Changer
2020 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Innovative Housing
2019 Zero Threshold Design Competition Honorable Mention
2019 McGregor Homes’ People’s Choice Award

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