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#mOOO3 ISO[NATION]: HOME OFFICE (2020) – Results
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T H E F L O A T – by Divjot Singh & Baldeep Singh
The Float is home for an Architect couple. This small home is divided into 3 zones – Live, Work and Play. The triangle being the most stable, forms the basic form of the structure, which will resist the tropical storms.
With the land being on full capacity of and now not being a safe place to live on, our design visualizes a possibility of another way of living after this worldwide lockdown where people will live in mobile and self-sustainable modules among the aquatic habitat. The sea air is charged with negative ions, which helps our body to absorb oxygen, improve alertness, and combat free radicals. They also balance the serotonin levels in our body, which is a chemical associated with mood and stress. Also, floating structures can have a positive effect on the aquatic environment. Inside the house, a dedicated work space is on the upper floor which helps set aside household distractions and focus on work. An underwater relaxation and play area will help to let go off all work pressure enjoying the beautiful aquatic life. The lowest part of the house contains the generator, bioreactor and energy storage which helps to produce power by harvesting the thermal mass of the ocean, force of tides and currents and converting waste into energy.
After the worldwide isolation and lockdown, the change in lifestyle of the people is bound to happen. People will start to incline themselves towards an improvised and sustainable way of living. People will start considering water as an option to start living on. With the concept of Floating Cities and underwater houses already in action, floating houses that are mobile and prefabricated and which can form a community in themselves will also looked upon.
STRUCTURE TO BREATH MOTION TO HEAL – by MD. Galib Nur Anan, Shunila Binte Ahsan & Taorem Rahul Singha
The world after pandemic is both an age towards technology. The concept of work from home is also an outcome of technical advancement. But this pandemic has teaches us to how human system is certainly dependent on natural forces. So we tried to merge both the need of natural force & technical advancement.
The Idea was to design a system which will both meet our demand of nature & multifunctional spaces, again can also segregate spaces when it’s necessary.
Initially four blocks were divided according to functions (like- public, private, semiprivate & working spaces). Where these blocks are integrated by the core structural system. This structural system hold several plates. In the demand of segregation these plates works as balcony of the blocks. But when you need the integration of spaces this plates connect with each other, merge the blocks & act as multifunctional intermediate space.
Again this structure holds the vertical garden. Where in urban context being surrounded by the skyscraper the need of natural forces can be meet with this core vertical gardening. The functional blocks were designed around the central green space to meet the need of open air, green space, birds chirping, water-body, daylight & the nature we forgot in the city.
The motion of plates can break the monotony of life being inside the same environment. With the change of seasons. The house can bloom with different flowers, different environment & different smells of the nature . Again movement of the plates can integrate the bedroom with the studio or the living room with the family living or the study with the children bedroom or the studio with the office. Can create a central court to enjoy the green or the rain and sometimes just the balcony to enjoy the nature.
Social Void – by Jerry Hacker
If nothing else, the pandemic places at the forefront of our everyday experience an incredibly important reminder for architects: The public realm truly is the soul of architecture and the city, and perhaps the soul of our lives. Devoid of meaningful shared relationships born in the collective domain the impacts of social isolation and self-quarantine can inflict a unique hardship on people of all generations. Surveying a day in pre-pandemic life reveals a series of critical shared social interactions, the ease and frequency of which are taken for granted. In post-pandemic life, a strong social media and technological link strive to create meaningful connection at a distance but somehow lack the depth, intimacy and natural bond that occurs effortlessly in physical space.
As a conceptual departure, Social Void attempts to re-conceptualize the metaphorical and literal divide arising from social distancing by using this emergent phenomenon as the basis to structure and foster respectful yet robust public engagement. Under this lens the 2m grid becomes the starting point in developing an urban plan, a series of urban armatures, and an architecture in plan and section that all operate as infrastructure capable of creating a new type of void in the public realm: a spatial void primed for social occupation and connection at a distance.
This social engagement tool works at the scale of the residence, the neighbourhood and the community creating an interwoven tapestry of public and private spaces curated to allow people to remain in strong dialogue with one another while respecting the personal space and health rights of others. By virtue of the social void becoming the ‘figure’ of the traditional figure-ground relationship, the urban fabric is highly porous admitting an abundance of fresh air and daylight, all the while creating a gradation of public-private experiences where people can holistically live, work, care for, plant, grow, play, and recreate in place because of a new type of social void in their lives.⠀⠀