Claire Schneider: The Alfresco Abode

Artist Statement

Alfresco abode means “in the fresh air living” which is the quintessential idea The Alfresco Abode design presents to potential homeowners in the Columbia area. This is an architectural design project for a mixed-used multi-family housing building typology, focusing on creating a comfortable living space for the building residents. By encouraging sustainable living behaviors through the buildings design and creating an energy efficient building, the design and layout of the building embrace nature by allowing lots of natural daylighting and providing each resident the opportunity to direct personal outdoor spaces. The site around the building is used to teach the public about sustainability through a park, rain collection pool, urban garden, a playground for children while also creating an inclusive space for the other neighborhoods in the surrounding areas. The overall building form and material is used to help the residents feel more individual and prideful about their living space, which will improve their overall living experience. Artistic intervention and design problem solving allows for this particular design project, The Alfresco Abode, to be an example of aesthetically interesting and creative solutions, which dually considers its impact on the environment and people’s perception to create a home beneficial to both humans and the environment.

About the Project 

  • Title of Work: The Alfresco Abode
  • Medium: 34" x 44"
  • Student's Name: Claire Schneider
  • Major: Architectural Studies (Architectural Studies)
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021
  • Hometown: Hermann, Missouri
  • Student's Mentor 1:
    • Laura Cole
    • Mentor's Department: Architectural Studies
  • Student's Mentor 2:
    • Lyria Bartlett
    • Mentor's Department: Architectural Studies
  • Art Project ID: 21VADS - 021


Stacey Woelfel


This is a wonderful design. It jumps off the page as a place where I would like to live and work. The space seems very friendly and efficient. I have a question: could this design be used anywhere or does it need a specific climate and topography?


Jim Spain

Appreciate how you have combined the living and shared spaces within a sustainable and liveable environment - how you have blended the two together is thoughtfully developed and well designed.