RETHINK RESHAPE RESHARE – Modular City

Fátima Amador
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.
Modular city was the main focus of the design. Through the flexibility of modularity we developed a building adapted to the post-pandemic way of living. We aimed to create a small scale urban circulation on the plot to form a clear division between main functions. Based on our analysis, we designed two parallel volumes connected with bridges. The narrow building on the north-east incorporates free rentable modules for inhabitants to organize, for example, as home office or hobby room. Housing is placed on the south-west side of the plot. The plot is accessible through street level and bridges on the ground floor. Both floors are public and contain common functions and services. There are 4 typologies of flats in 2 variants always following the same schematics. Each flat is based on a grid of 9 modules 3,5 x 3,5 m. Movable walls between the modules provide flexibility of use. With every floor the flats get smaller to avoid overshadowing. The construction is the same for the whole complex – hybrid timber-concrete prefabricated elements. Only the difference in cladding accentuates different functions of the building - wood for housing and glass with artificial stone panels for common spaces and the free modules.
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