Following our last discussion, we generated 3 generic spatial configurations that might evolve independently with the specific features.
Observation: None of the prototypes is presented with the 2nd roofing system yet.
It considers the possibility of having a completely detached volume + a volumetric configuration with a terrace accessible from outside. Features:
a. An alternation of day activities and night activities between the detached volume and the rest of the house can offer a logic of economy. Ex: If the detached volume is used only for day activities over 3 hours, like studying, meeting, working, playing, then, that would be the only space needed to be heated or cooled down
b. A direct access to the terrace and the possibility of treating the spaces as considering the different stages of privacy.
c. The detached volume might the only one able to be opened completely.
d. Cons: Building a detached volume might generate extra expenses.
It considers the concept of sequential spaces, with proportions and roofing configuration in accordance with the activities envisioned.
a. The sequential system offers the possibility of filtering the transition from public to private.
b. There is clear separation of functions and activities while a certain degree of flexibility is maintained. The house can be transformed into an open continuous structure if the separation/common walls of the volumes are sliding.
c. The logic of economy can be adapted too, only the used parts of the house would be heated or cooled down at a comfortable temperature.
d. The “sliding-volumes” spatial configuration generates a sequence of exterior spaces or corners.
It is derived from a monolith and the sequential configuration.
a. It is more flexible, it can be easily adapted to different public activities, lecture, events etc.
b. It can be totally opened towards the exterior
c. Reduced building costs in comparison with the other prototypes
Conclusions and tasks for WEEK 10
1. THE ROOF-STRUCTURE
The roof must support and hold together the entire ensemble of the house and should integrate in its structure the trusses needed for the wind loads. The trusses should be both indoor and outdoor located and the roof can be cut above certain zones.
2. LOCAL ARCHITECTURE: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE
Another topic was related to the local architecture of Luxembourg, either the current one (southern region) or the architecture of the past. We were thinking that we can inspire from both and have a local dimension in our project. That would of course contain a prospect for the house of the future. Which brought us to the next topic:
Esch-sur-Alzette Guide Historique et Architectural, 2020, ed. CAPYBARABOOKS
To be completed:
USE OF THE HOUSE
The functions of the house: we should find a way to showcase the purpose or possibilities of the spaces while still keeping the possibility to have an open area or to switch activities of necessary. That would of course mean that we will sort out what are the different spatial features of the house for the future.
Obs1: The name of the spaces will rather contain the describing VERB of the activities, and not the function. Spaces are about:
Some interior spaces will have an exterior extension according to the activity.