Research for a collective housing and production complex. With Neeraj Bhatia [The Open Workshop], Antonio Mora, Charles Hajj, Diego Soto Madriñan, Mikaela Leo, Bella Mang, Cesar López, Clare Hačko, and Aurea Rodriguez.
Hamburg (Germany) / 2017 (competition)
Habitactory seeks to reconcile different scales of time and changing spatial uses with the goal of creating inclusive, affordable, and productive forms of urbanity that account for a range of users and uses. It particularly considers how spaces of production and living can co-exist and benefit from their proximity without over-determining the terms of their relation.
With this goal, the project capitalizes on two recent trends: Firstly, traditional productive spaces are now complimented with a broad array of new ways to work (from DIY start-ups to co-working spaces) which, grouped together, could benefit from sharing equipment and auxiliary programs. Secondly, domestic arrangements are evolving to include new ways of co-living, embracing a growing range of users. Habitactory enhances the possibilities brought about by these trends by hybridizing the perimeter block (a critical domestic space type) and the big box with saw-tooth roof (a characteristic factory type)—wrapping the latter with the former. A series of circuits strategically located in between, tie these programs together—to benefit from similar needs—while providing separation to ensure distance and isolation. The circuit is programmed with shared amenities, allowing adjacent spaces of working and living to expand and contract to find new productive overlaps. The roofscape offers a culmination for the circuits as a point of encounter for the different users of the building.
This project understands built structures as evolving entities that need to respond to different timescales of occupation. On a daily and weekly basis, the production areas are time-shared to be used by the residents of the building, for cultural programs, and commercial destination. Housing is equally understood to evolve through changing relations among units. The circuits account for long-term adaptation, absorbing differential needs of production and housing programs. The coexistence of production and residential spaces and their changing occupations requires not only typological hybridation but flexible strategies for real estate development, diverse relations between operators, and different property models. This project offers those through flexible relations between the program units, which offer diverse production and housing options in response to more rapidly changing technologies and transient modes of habitation.