Jie Ying Lee, Living System: Living Facade [×]
The world is facing the challenge of rapid urbanisation. To meet the demands of an increasing population, some residential buildings are being built without consideration of the social and environmental impacts they have. Poorly considered floor plan layouts that squeeze as many rooms as possible to maximise profit have a negative affect on thermal qualities and therefore impact on the residents. Moreover, in the era of rapid technology development, people spend more than 90 per cent of their lives indoors without connecting to the natural environment which can lead to physical and mental health problems.
Co-living system: Living facade is a design for an urban site that considers community, affordability, sustainability, public amenity and innovative facade design for a new generation of suburbanites. The concept of co-living has been introduced as a strategic tool to combat the declining interaction of suburban dwellers. This type of housing seeks residents with shared interests and values to live together like an extended family.
The building facade and apertures are vital in this project as they play a critical role in connecting internal and external social spaces. The facade also impacts on the quality of the indoor environment through light and ventilation. The operable facade allows engagement with various activities and programs which see residential spaces connected and part of collective experience. The design intends to coax residents out of traditionally delineated bounds of their homes to spend more time in communal areas interacting with others.
An interrogation of spatial connectivity between interior and exterior, private and shared, is key to this design proposal and in producing friendly and socially meaningful communities. This is my hope for the future of our urban homes.