RETHINK RESHAPE RESHARE – Genius Lok

Nora Guzu
Professur
Architectural Design and Participation
Projektarbeit
The recent pandemic has made us reconsider the way we live, the way we work, the way we inhabit public space. Questions arise, such as: What is density today? What is sharing today? What is living today? What is working today? These are times of transition where needs are being redefined. We considered the implications of the corona pandemic on the daily lives of people, on architecture and the city. There is the challenge to RETHINK the way we design, to RESHAPE forms of living in order to RESHARE collective space. The task was to design collective housing at the light of the new needs and wishes, such as the need to work from home, the need to mix work and family life, the need to exercise, the wish to enjoy outside space without leaving the home and the wish for biophilic design.
Our concept explores the relationships between people and space, and the way in which space is defined through participatory actions. The shifting needs for a connection to the outside and a better work-life balance as a result of the pandemic are addressed on different physical and temporal scales: the urban, building, and apartment scale; as well as daily, lifestyle and longterm scales. Across these scales we strive for flexible and adaptable configurations of spaces that are defined by people. On the urban scale, our intervention positions itself strongly within the heterogenous urban fabric and explores two distinct typologies: the long house and the tower. The buildings are integrated into the site through a gently sloping terraced topography and come together to form a central square for the neighborhood, which opens onto the street level through the existing arcades. On the ground floor, diverse public uses face out onto individual terraces and are thus naturally socially distanced. On the building scale, apartments are organized for optimal light conditions and are accessed from a shared circulation zone in the north. Here, multi-use spaces allow residents to outsource certain activities like working, fitness or social gatherings. This creates a smooth transition between public, semi-public and private zones while also blocking noise from the railway tracks. On the apartment scale, furniture modules with rotating walls are inserted in the open grid structure and become a toolkit that divides and connects rooms, residents and even apartments. The simple wooden construction offers a lightweight, economical and ultimately removable structure that can adapt over time. Along this furniture, different zones are created: a service zone with bathrooms and kitchens; a functionally neutral central zone; and a winter-garden zone with two window layers and the potential to be either an outdoors green space, an extension, or an entirely separate room. To the extent that our project strives for an ultimate flexibility of configurations, it is possible to expand apartments both horizontally and also vertically by removing a floor slab and connecting levels. This marks the culmination of our pursuit of flexibility, which is rooted in an inherently participatory process defined by people and their interactions in space and time.
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