Where nature plays the main role
– Marta Grasso –
The ongoing pandemic emphasizes the fragility of the pre-pandemic world, making it necessary to rethink the relationship between humans, our living environment and nature.
The vision is nature-based, where architectural development occurs vertically. By doing so, it becomes possible to reduce foundational footprints on the ground, which includes spaces for farming, fields and wild life. Transport services – egg-shaped capsules – also take advantage of the height. On the ground, a simple orange line guides users to the nearest station.
The residential units are divided in a way that helps inhabitants to avoid contact with others, especially during times of emergency. The environment is healthier thanks to improved ventilation, natural light and views toward the outside, which are known to have a positive mental impact on humans. Thus, spacious openings are key to the design.
The houses are designed to be functional and easy to clean. For instance, the chairs can be stored within the multipurpose wall, while other pieces of furniture, such as the table, are hung from the ceiling, in order to facilitate a simpler cleaning of the house.
The units accommodate varied purposes: a sanitation area, workshop, work from home space, farming area, postal delivery tubes and space-saving systems. The workshop in particular applies a parameter from the Zero Waste principles: repairing – which is essential for a sustainability oriented lifestyle.
Humans need direct access to resources, such as being able to cultivate their own food at home, on the roof or the nearest field. A suit is provided allowing wearers to walk outside and encounter other people safely. Once used, it can be removed from the back and left on the outside wall, while the person enters the house, ready for the sanitation process and is able to return to a virus-free, cozy home.
Mountains, forests, deserts and sea need to be protected, through a sustainable development.