Shabby Shabby Apartments Competition
2014, Munich, Germany
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With: Rúben Teodoro, Ricardo Morais, Sebastião de Botton
The Loftovers proposal aims to respond to premises in the competition as the contemporary cities housing problems, the high prices and the growing number of population. With this in mind, the Loftovers apartment is a project based on the reuse of materials and focuses on the needs of contemporary city citizens.
The private realm of the house is separated from the public realm by height: the public space is below and the private realm is above. The structure of the apartment can be adapted to several reused materials that are used as coating.
More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This number is growing and it is estimated that by the year 2050 two thirds of the world population will be living in cities and towns. Consequently, the value of land and housing continues to increase and is no longer sustainable for most people and this leads to precarious housing and poor living conditions. Houses become merely bedrooms, decreasing in size to contain only the essential. For instance, in big cities such as Tokyo, people transfer daily activities such as eating, hygiene and social life to the public realm.
Target groups are young couples with a vibrant social life or two young people who share the space in order to afford an apartment. The project is versatile and can be adapted for material reasons or budget issues to a single user.
The concept of Loftovers apartment is based on the relation between the familiar notions of home with the new emerging reality. The private realm of the house is separated from the public realm by its height level.
On the upper floor is a room with storage space and a small desk in a closed area that ensures the users’ privacy. On the ground floor, the apartment blends with the public space of the city without barriers and contains a multifunctional long table with dining, cooking and washing areas. This is the floor with the social areas of the house and where one can get together with friends and neighbours. From this ground floor, the house merges with the public space and the city merges with the house thereby creating the tension that symbolizes the lifestyle of the modern city dweller. The Loftovers apartment has the flexibility to be adapted to any site and can be replicated in other cities of the world.
This proposal is deliberately cleared in a material level, with only some suggestions because we believe in the creative and constructive process in place.
The project aims to be flexible and adaptable so that it can be redesigned and resized according to starting conditions, such as budget, available materials, site and all input from those involved in the Shabby Shabby Apartments, and we believe this greatly enriches the process and final result.
Obviously, we want to develop our search for construction systems and materials with the organization before the event although improvisation, detailed work, inevitable errors and solutions that this brings about are exciting challenges that we include in our vision to develop projects.
The reuse of materials is also a cross factor in our projects and by experience we know that it is possible to lower costs dramatically with creativity and a constant search for solutions.