In today’s densely-populated cities, it's a definite architectural challenge to find space and create new, sustainable housing. New urban planning, for instance, in cities like Amsterdam, Tokyo or New York, is challenging because, there isn’t exactly a wealth of wide-open spaces and vast empty lots. Yet, the answer may lie right inbetween those spaces (and perhaps transform those empty lots into parks/gardens/etc?)
Danish architects Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann’s winning ‘Live Between Buildings!’ proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by Fakro, aims to create a new way of city living, by, doing exactly what the title suggest; “fitting apartments into the narrow spaces”. But, how do you design a functional space full of natural light, in between two facades?
The project definitely addressed the unconventional requirement, as this urban infill proposal, existing between the blind walls of the city, appear to be entirely built from windows (the whole concept, is linked to the integrative use of Fakro windows, as the competition, challenged designers to apply their products and technology.)
The windows are rendered as modular components that can be aggregated to form a wide range of shapes. The architects don’t specify the widths (or even entrances) of these structures.
Good stuff (bonus points for hammocks and climbing walls in the bedroom) knowing thousands of unused infill, mid-block spaces, often go wasted in crowded cities.
View the different cities and their different ideas below.
USA: Mastalski and Storjohann’s concept recently won the annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, organized by roof window manufacturer Fakro. The competition asked designers to develop concepts for urban lofts spaces that would be functional, space-saving, energy-efficient and full of natural light. All entries had to include Fakro products, as well as others.
Holland: Fakro has said that the winning infill-loft dwellings could be realised entirely out of roof windows. “The possibility of shapes is endless,” the firm added.
Japan: In related news, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the UK published a consultation about minimum space standards for new build homes.