Wrapping the public space with common blankets
Ctrl. G: Eliana Beltrán, Catalina Patiño, Viviana Peña
Shinkenshiku residential design competition 2008. Team: Four Square House design problem. Homage to John Hejduk. Judge Rafael Moneo. Noviembre 2008 Location. Japan
We’ve changed the conditions for you. We want to subvert the process of housing project as a problem where the private space is the first thing to solve instead the public space. In these proposal the m3 (cubic meters) of intimate occupation for domestic development is involved with an endless blanket as a common space that we all call “public space”. Place where people understand the meaning of community and coexistence. In this way the domestic m3 are the place of possibilities and uncertainty. Where you can customize the forms and suggest what you want.
Now, we do not want to make this proposal just pretending to resolve the 9SG problem that Hejduk had introduced to us. We also want to honor his memory giving a second life to his drawings, preserving their aspect, their graphical potential, their aesthetics, their beauty and their high sense of romanticism. But changing their function and program.
You can imagine this project as an entire entity that has three primary components. They can be explained in this way: think of the natural condition of one fruit: Its skin is a continuous surface with reliefs, nuances, clefts (public space). This protective and resistant skin involves the intermediate space or medium level, understood as a soft body frame with liquids and fluids. Both skin and fleshy fruit have in their nucleus an amorphous solid and a protective center which gives it stability and affects their proportions.
The new spatial relationships that are woven into this system assemble: the ground level -free public space, the middle level-private space and the upper level as a continuity of public space. The field´s conditions, the construction site and the urban mat is directly affected by them. The structural and non-structural architectural elements are combined to find the way to materialize the idea behind the spatial organization.
Note: drawings, diagrams, illustrations have been elaborated by us in Auto CAD, Photoshop and 3D max from the original drawings of John Hejduk. We compose with them other images with different meaning changing (as we explained previously) the original function of these ideas to build our project.