The purpose of my proposed structure was chosen to become a fast, easy-build, light construction method for this student accommodation, especially suited for off-site construction – to meet the demands of the crisis. This prototype, or perhaps typology does not necessarily have to be catered to the given site as it can be copied and inserted into any gap of the city fabric – multiplied and easily injected into any small areas like an acupunctured eco-friendly housing typology.
EASA - 2018
Open Source Wood Elements within the design:Staircase: Kerto – Q 69/75mm sidewall / paintedFloor Joins: Kerto – S Joists 45mm x260mm – 350mm depthExternal Wall Elements: XL Kerto – Q LVL 2.9m (h) x 438mm depthTop Roof Load Bearing: RIPA Roof Element 500mm depth – 16mm long spanColumns: Massive Column 400mm x400mmNon-Load Bearing Walls: Interior Wall stud – Kerto – T 45mm x66mm c/c 600mmLintels to be included in the thickness of the walls – Kerto – S 2.5m length
The form: the simple shape developed from the structural grid that defines the entire composition, which determines details ranging from the position of the railings to the window openings. This modest, environmentally friendly organization strategy allows for great freedom in configuring the mixed-use program and affords scope for future redevelopment: the typologies can readily be altered. Walls can be simply added or removed. Diversity and nuance are introduced by varying the materials within each unit, however to be fully environmentally friendly, all materials are organic, and wood based with 100% Open Source Wood construction structure.
The ground: the Open Source Wood columns forms a robust yet permeable plinth. It is articulated as a vast continuous covered base-level and brings together a range of different collective activities related to the small library and café. Optimization, an interest in the economic use of space and generous proportions are the hallmarks governing the design and defining the project’s identity.
Top Roof Garden: a shared garden forms a spatial reference point, providing panoramic views and a breath of fresh air, and serving as a meeting place, not only open to the students, but the locals too.
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