Name: Totoianu, Alexandra
Nationality: polish (architect based in Denmark)
Name: Wasilewska, Ewa
Nationality: romanian (architect based in Germany)
-FINALIST of SOCIAL DISTANCING HOUSING BLOCK Competition
The glass palaces of corporate capitalism have suddenly lost a lot of their aura and may be cyclically abandoned. Big, empty offices became a systemic problem. At the same time many workers, sent home due to pandemic, are likely to live in cramped circumstances.
Corporations, long blamed for gentrification and spiraling prices could become a major part of the solution to the housing crisis which has plagued cities across the world. Moreover, converting retail and office to residential will be not as expensive as letting them lie there without collecting any rent at all.
Inspired by Lefebvre’s “meeting point for building collective life” we are looking at the building as a sequence of events and rules rather than an end-product.
How to create a flexible living situation which can adapt in space and time? Cluster accommodation lets inhabitants have their own private space, but they share semi-public facilities such as kitchen, living room and place to work. 50% for the private, 50% shared space. In case of illness: isolation within a single person/couple unit. In a 6 months isolation scenario, people live rather safe together than isolated. Never finished, constantly in adaptation by its inhabitants, the complex aims to rethink housing typologies against commodifiation.
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