How much space do we actually need to live a healthy, balanced life? Do we really need all the objects we own in order to feel accomplished? We believe that the quality of one`s life is determined by experiences.
The project addresses the problem of homelessness by redefining the relationship between the individual and the community. Such as in the case of co-housing, each person inhabits less private space in favor of shared areas, thus gaining more room. As a result, the inhabitants can choose to be either introverted or extroverted, depending on their state of mind.
However, the micro-community encourages its members to interact with each other and with other people during this time of transition in their lives. Aside from the housing units that offer a high degree of safety and intimacy, the ensemble is set to empower the young adults. A smooth transition from the intimacy offered by the pergola pathway to the exposure of the small public square aim to create the feeling of belonging. If everybody feels comfortable using the communal space, the modules are able to provide sufficient space for basic needs.
The micro-units are designed to optimize the use of space and energy efficiency. Due to the inclined faces, the units can fit in narrow, unusual locations, and they can be placed in various positions in relationship to one another. The space inside dilates and contracts in order to define tailor-made minimalist areas. The uneven shape performs better than classical forms during windy and rainy weather and it encloses a smaller volume that requires less heating and cooling.
Location:Chicago - U.S.A.