Floating Block


Name: Dongge, Liu

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: 1-year, March Student. University of Toronto


Name: Shubin Huang

Nationality: Canada

Institution / Company: Mold Designer, FGL Precision Works Inc.




Housing project is a place with relatively high population density. Ensuring the residents’ daily activities and living needs while social distancing is the major issue.  However, this problem is even more serious for families with children. On the one hand, many outdoor activities are needed  every day for children’s health. On the other hand, the needs of children are constantly changing as they grow up. Therefore, this project is mainly aimed at offering a healthy living environment for those families with children when facing quarantine.

Therefore, the first consideration is to create a safe open space as much as possible. On the first floor, a column system is used to separate the ground and the residential area to create an open activity area. Also, the columns are used as a 2-meter physical reference to protect the people moving inside. Each entrance only connects two units. It also created activity spaces of different size: the public open space on the ground floor, the semi-public open platform near the entrance which only open to the two neighbors, the private balconies which allows the neighbors to communicate with a safe distance. This allows healthy communication while maintaining people’s physical health.

In addition, this project can also cope with changes of needs caused by changes of family. Since the first floor is a column structure system, which is easy to add or remove modular space, residents can vote to plug in the most popular public program into the community.


#Community Variable Adaptation #Protected Social Interactions #Child Care/Protection #Growth Mental/Physical Health

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