Today’s forms of living – in tune with our contemporary biographies - are becoming increasingly individualized and heterogeneous. Urban residential buildings are being asked to integrate a highly diverse range of apartment sizes and types, in accordance with a multitude of inhabitation scenarios. Furthermore, as the limits between domestic realm and workplace are dissolving more and more nowadays, there is an urgent need to reconsider the idea of the apartment as the mere place of eating, sleeping and leisure.
Therefore, during this semester our intention is to conceive urban residential and mixed-use buildings as „inhabitable structures“. In other words, the focus will be placed on the development of robust core-and-shell-structures which embody two main aspects. Firstly, they are able to accommodate typological and functional variety. Secondly, they provide a response to the mid- to long term transformability that the contemporary apartment building requires. The project will be located on a site within the city of Munich. The intention of our studio is to explore together the spatial and organizational potential of open plan structures for housing, investigating the interplay between structure, façade and interior life of a building.
Technical University of Munich 2020—21
guest professor Alexander Fthenakis