Configuration of Living Models and Building Systems

For the first design phase of the semester project we will focus on the development of a building system that is configured according to a variety of possible living models. Based on a specific idea of collective housing the system should allow to serve for private as well as for common functions.

To start with at least 3 exemplary resident profiles should be described that would be accommodated in apartments ranging between around 30, 60, and 90sqm.

According to these profiles a building system should be developed composed of the following components:

A      Structural system

Definition of a construction materials (wood, concrete, steel, 

hybrid) and the technology (modular, prefab, dom-ino, frames,

sheer walls, etc.)

B    — Circulation system

Definition of the access to the units according to a specific

circulation principle (punctual, linear, networked, clustered, etc.)

Please note that the circulation depends on the grouping of the

apartments in relation to the division in public and private areas.

It is therefore important to clarify how far circulation spaces are

also serving for additional collective use, or if it is just used for


C   — Apartment system

Definition of the floorplan according to different user scenarios.

Besides the configuration of partition walls, sanitary installations

and other fixed elements, particular attention should be payed on

the division between served and serving spaces. Besides the  conventional elements, specific components such as sliding

doors and inbuilt furniture (storage) and additional apartment

features (balcony, veranda, loggia, etc. should be considered).

The configuration of the apartment also reflects the different

options between individuality and collectivity (studio apartment,

Wohnloft, Wohncluster, etc.)

MA Studio Task Configuration