MINIMAX DWELLING – FROM MINIMUM TO MAXIMUM LIVING

Isabel Wang
Professorship
Architectural Design and Participation
project

MINIMAX DWELLING CHALLENGES CONVENTIONAL HOUSING TYPOLOGIES THROUGH EXPLORING THE CONTINUITY BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL AND COMMON SPACES. PROPOSING A REDUCTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL SPHERE TO MAXIMIZE COMMUNAL SPACES, IT REINTERPRETS THE WAY OF LIVING TOGETHER AND AIMS AT IMPROVING SOCIAL QUALITY IN URBAN HOUSING.

THIS IDEA SPATIALLY TRANSLATES INTO A SUPERSTRUCTURE THAT INTEGRATES BASIC BUILDING SERVICES IN A CORE. THE APARTMENT UNITS ORGANIZED AROUND THE CORE ARE BASED ON A MODULAR BAMBOO BOX THAT REDUCES THE PRIVATE REALM TO STORAGE AND SLEEPING. BY ADDING OR REMOVING MODULES, THE APARTMENT UNIT CAN CHANGE OVER TIME AND ALLOWS FOR A DIVERSE RANGE OF APARTMENT SIZES AND LONGTERM ADAPTABILITY. THROUGHOUT THE DAY THE UNITS CAN BE OPENED UP TO THE SHARED COMMON SPACE WHERE MOST ACTIVITES ARE TO TAKE PLACE WHEREAS AT NIGHT THEY CAN BE CLOSED TO ALLOW FOR PRIVACY. IN ORDER TO INCREASE DENSITY THE CONCEPT USES MULTIPLE STORIES.
THE URBAN STRATEGY PROPOSES THE PLACEMENT OF FOUR VOLUMES INCREASING IN HEIGHT TOWARDS THE SEA TO MARK THE COASTAL LOCATION OF THE PLOT. A PATH CONNECTS THE URBAN SQUARE AT THE STREET WITH THE SEASIDE SQUARE AT THE COAST. THE GROUNDFLOOR IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC INTEGRATING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AND CONNECTING URBAN JAMESTOWN TO THE COAST IN AN EFFORT TO MAXIMIZING THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL INTERACTION.

Perspective-Section
UPPER FLOOR
A CORE INCLUDES ALL THE LIVING SERVICES AND ALLOWS FOR SEPARATELY VENTILATION.
ELEVATION
DUE TO THE MODULARITY AND ADAPTIVITY, EACH FLOOR HAS A UNIQUE CHARACTER.
BAMBOO LIVING BOXES
INDIVIDUAL SPACE IS LOCATED IN THE LIVING BOXES AND REDUCED TO BASIC NEEDS.
URBAN CONCEPT
THE URBAN STRATEGY ENCOMPASSES FOUR BUILDINGS CONNECTING THE URBAN SIDE WITH THE SEASIDE.
Urban square
THE URBAN SQUARE IS FULL OF GHANAIAN STREET LIFE AND USED FOR CULTURAL EVENTS LIKE BOXING.