Sheer-ful Living


Name: Ana Luisa Rolim

Nationality: Brazilian 

Institution: Catholic University of Pernambuco, Brazil

Company: Coletivo-rt


Name: Andrea Dornelas Câmara

Nationality: Brazilian 

Institution: Catholic University of Pernambuco, Brazil

Company: A&R – Andrade + Raposo arquitetos ltda


Name: Isabella Trindade

Nationality: Brazilian and Canadian

Institution: Ryerson University, Canada

Company: Coletivo-rt




Sheer 26 is a four-level urban block for a post-pandemic era, displaying 26 double-occupancy cylindrical units, a community-driven ground floor, and a rooftop vegetable garden to encourage sustainability of up to 52 homeless dwellers.

Transformable sheer-Units and occupants’ personae shape the block. The unit configuration echoes the multiple faces of the homeless, their intrinsic rules, and ways of living by offering variations that welcome the dreamer, the neat freak, the gardener, the sartorialist, the musician, the graffiti artist, and the dog lover, to name a few possible characters. 

Sheer-U is a self-structured compact home, partially, fully or completely enclosable through manipulation of its translucent folding skin, a sheltering sheer that can be dematerialized or even disappear, reminding dwellers they control how they want to live.

The Sheer-ful living concept unfolds through habitat transformations, generating a sculptural setting by rotating units along the vertical wet area axis, conforming contrasting volumes, experiential spaces, and voids that animate the streetscape as tenants’ relationship with space, things, and people are revealed.

In a scenario of prolonged social distance, it creates an environment where people can interact in new ways, beyond the physical proximity, exploring other senses – visual, auditory, olfactory – disrupting housing conventions.


#Homeless, #Flexible Home #Foldable Skin #Compact Dwelling #Prefabrication

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