This invited competition entry explores two quite different research questions.
Firstly, how can we design with inherent adaptive capacity i.e. provide buildings with maximum flexibility that require minimal changes to their fabric?
Secondly, can an ancient building material be rethought as a material for contemporary digital design and fabrication tools?
With a growing demand for flexible affordable housing, the design speculates on a on a new apartment typology. Traditional perceptions of what defines a home, office or home-office were questioned, the design allows for individual apartments on a single title to be reconfigured as 1 x 3 bed apts, 1 x 2 bed + 1 x studio/ office, 3 x studio etc with no changes to the primary building fabric – allowing for a range of income options or multigenerational families.
The design-research, using a variety parametric digital modelling tools including Processing, Vectorworks3D, Rhino and SketchUP, contributes to a global interest in the use of robot arms to fabricate complex brick assemblies. The processes and techniques developed are part of a movement that is redefining the notion of a rational building. The project demonstrates that systems and tools available in the digital environment allow for the communication of architectural intentions to industry and back with accuracy and authority.