FlexIBLE HOUSING SCHEME CONCEPT
The first major project of my final year in architecture was a housing project. This project, however, was not like any housing project we have ever tackled before, as we were encouraged to explore the daunting realm of flexible housing.
After a lot of thought, and hundreds of sketched, I settled on the idea of creating a new housing type that would grow and adapt alongside its occupants. I wanted to create a space that would be cheap enough for young adults to afford, while also allowing the flexibility to grow and expand the home as their lives change and families grew.
I settled on a system derived from the ideology behind shipping containers, and how they can be stacked and assembled easily, while also being able to withstand some of the toughest weathering conditions known to man.
I designed a system of frames that when combined can make anything, from a small studio apartment, to a massive family home. Because the frames are easily stacked and assembled, the occupants of the house could combine these frames in any way they would like, thus creating their ideal home without any architectural or constructional knowledge.
I then went on and studied how this system would work in an aspect of architecture that is often forgotten by architects, suburban architecture. I created a series of houses that were all created using this flexible housing system, to describe how this system would come together to create the occupants ideal home, and I then examined it on a larger scale assembling these houses to create a suburban, semi-detached estate.
Tools Used: SketchUp, Cinema 4D (rendering only), Photoshop