We are looking into urban housing strategies that negotiate and redefine the boundaries between individual units and communal space, examining thresholds, with the intent of creating a new social ecosystem in dense living conditions.
the NYC spiral
The model aims to address the impeding issue of shrinking and compartmentalisation of individual space in dense cities. The strategy focuses on the interaction of EXPANDABLE MICRO-UNITs with a network of shared interior spaces vertically distributing light, air and a NEW ACTIVE COMMUNAL LIFE.
Inducing new social relationships in communal space and reinforcing domestic life is the main focus of this project. Traditionally, architectural elements form the space, and program are filled into space. In this case, activity [through furniture] precedes the importance of architectural elements in terms of forming social relationships between different living conditions. By studying social conditions through furniture, which facilitates different activities, new organisations of “community” can be formed before the architectural elements are designed.
This study explores the possibilities created by compressing program within individual dwelling units to free up space for “sharing”, spaces to be redefined and negotiated to create new possibilities for living. Here, the apartment make-up is 50%units:50%communal space — making small houses within one big house.