Sustainability is also an architectural question, which needs architectural responses. How long a building will be in use, is heavily dependent on the flexibility and a certain degree of freedom of use. The better a building can accommodate future changes, the structure allows for future programmatic adjustments, the longer the building is used and the longer it remains untouched. The project sees itself as an identity-building and long-lasting in this sense. It is an attempt to provide a maximum flexible basic structure which achieves a strong and specific expression, despite its flexibility.
It is proposed as the basic element on a high mini-loft that can be developed with different variations; thereby covering a wide range of different needs.
Under flexibility we mean the ability to adapt the supporting structure and infrastructure without too much effort — just by adjusting non-structural walls and infill panels — to allow other uses in the future. This may mean the merging of several small units to larger homes, or even the provision of new uses such as major studios, work spaces or even offices.
In principle, all types of housing can be provided on all floors, giving maximum flexibility in the planning process. The mix of housing can be adapted until last without interference in the building structure.
Mixed-Use Housing, Commercial, Educational
Invited Competition 2013
HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER
with David Gregori y Ribes, Juan Paliencia, Aleris Rodgers, Zdeněk Liška and Nicole Baron, Pierre Escobar
Building Footprint Area
Surrounding Site Improvements Area
Gross Floor Area
Useable Floor Area
AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG