Team 3 //
Final proposal by William Riche
The first focus was on the use of land. How big are the plots and how big are the houses on it? How many square meters are there per inhabitant? And what if we compare this with other living situations? Can this be an opportunity to rethink this use of land in a more productive, efficient way? And can this also be translated to the interiors of the houses? Wenduine is a holiday destination for many tourists and for many of them a camping site becomes their home for several weeks or months. This idea of the camping formed an inspiration because of its specific social and spatial formation. Where the structure of the residential area is very rigid the camping changes because of its seasonal use and because of the continuity of coming and going people. Living on a camping site, mostly means being on holidays. Holidays give people a completely different state of mind. It forms a break, an interval of usual time. It is a time outside the daily routine. This element seems to make it easier for people to make social contact to each other. The boundaries between people are as much present as in the residential area, but they are much more subtle and flexible. The main goal of the micro strategy is to rethink the use of land and the configuration of the houses. And then in a way see what happens, and finding opportunities.
THE USE OF SPACE AND LAND
What happens on the peaces of land and zooming out to working or leisure space?
We strongly believe that a more conscience way of thinking about land and a more productive and efficient use of land can bring the ingredients for coherence. Two to five people use plots, with an average of 511m2. And what are they used for? Mostly prestige; it has to look good mostly and it’s also a place for storage, maybe in the summertime children can play there and parents can sun bade. This still has to be possible, but doesn’t this amount of land have more potential than this?
No house on the different plots is identical but they all have the same appearance. Intrinsically there’s nothing wrong with that but when have a look at them inside we do come to the conclusion that they can be more flexible. With these challenges and opportunities in mind the transformation of suburbia can lead to intensification and can therefore lead to a more sustainable and contemporary way of living.
How do they look? Why are they present? Can we speak of borders, fronts or limits? Or combinations? Do they always have to be present? Can they maybe be something else or even more than a rigid hedge?
The main focus for the empowerment of suburbia was the use of space in the meso and micro scale. Rethinking the boundaries that are used and in the same intention trying to change the configuration and the use of the houses themselves. The houses themselves are an accumulation of little rooms. The transformation consists of losing the walls that are standing in the way of flexibility and making the connection to the outside more clear by making the small windows bigger and letting them touch the ground.
By doing this there comes an opportunity to make a transit zone in between the more collective space and the private space. Still being a full private space. To rethink the existing boundaries and to try to make this new configuration possible new elements are added. These elements consist of steel flexible structures in the form of hatches that can be opened and closed in numerous ways.
With these elements the individual needs of the houses can be customized. The configuration of the house can be completely changed between summer and winter. Sometimes elements are added to make this possible. These new boundaries can become a storage space, a place to sit, an outside kitchen and even a complete extension.