Back to Square One

Team

Name: Devi Kulkarni

Nationality: Indian

Institution / Company: Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai

 

Name: Nitin Mhapsekar

Nationality: Indian

Institution / Company: Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai

 

-JOURNAL PICK of SOCIAL DISTANCING HOUSING BLOCK Competition

 

Designed for the urban migrant youth, β€˜Back to Square One’ caters to the exceptional need during lockdown, of sufficient private open space along with one’s residence.

40 young professionals will each be housed in a unit of 5mx5m that opens into a private balcony of 2.5mx5m. A winding staircase connects the different levels through a common lobby, which is connected to the balcony of each unit, promoting better co-habitation and relationships among the residents.

The entry is from this balcony where one would sanitize oneself before entering the residence. This also provides for a touchless delivery system, allowing the package to be dropped-off in the balcony. A sliding-folding door creates a dynamic space for the user; both open and private, with a green wall as backdrop, for a kitchen-garden or for basking in the sun!

The internal household organization is without partitions, making daily activities and cleaning easier and the usage of floor space more efficient. All units have 3 open faces, ensuring natural cross-ventilation.

Keeping in mind the need to connect with the outside, a roof-top park is designed with social-distancing seating and jogging track, acting as a space for social interaction and mental well-being.

 

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