Presentations House/Home

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Final Review HOUSE/HOME

Guido Brandi (IT)


AVOIDING THE CONTEXT – Extreme house 6×6, Stockholm

Stockholm is a green city spread out around the beautifull archipelago landscape. The center of stockholm is rather small compared to the extension of th city, and there is an high request of apartments and house close to the center. This huge request fight against the living behavior of the swedish people accostumed to live sorrounding by nature, forest and water. A way to solve this problem could be starting from the small scale: a small extreme house dealing with a strong context. An house close to the highway and the metro railroad, dealing with the context in the way to avoid it, but also dealing with the swedish love of nature. What´s the point of an house creating his own interior world in the inside, in the center of is space?

Luis Frenando Cazares Reyes (MX)


Container Villa

The main idea of the project begins with the investigation of new materials and new construction processes that helps to save money and time. For my project I choose the shipping containers for 2 principal reasons: they are chip and easy to transport; and they have already all the structure and a shape that can works as a modulation system for the design. The next step was to create a project which even that is base on shipping containers and prefabricated modules can be considered as a unique project, I mean, not one that you can find in every corner of the neighborhood. The solution was to combine the containers and the prefabricated modules, with some steel or wood structure creating other shapes and strong visual elements. To add some quality to the interior spaces, the villa have a front and back garden, and this 2 gardens get connected through the living room and under the stairs. In the facade, we can find 2 different materials: Painted concrete panels, gray wood and the visual structure of the container in gray color. The courting wall of the living room is located in the west and east facades, these walls, are made of steel structure and glass panels; and the angle of the structure is based on the inclination of the roof.

Magdalena Celinska (US)


Adaptive Relationships

Instead of building in a new development in the fringe of the city, and expanding Stockholm’s urban fabric indefinitely, the villa is sited in an existing community. Within the suburban single-family development of Enskeke, the structure uses and builds upon the existing relationships already present in the community. Changing family dynamics, such as family members moving out and beginning a new family, create opportunities to make space for these new family structures within the same neighborhood. Splitting the typical large lot sizes would allow current community members to and sell or loan the land to family or friends. The exterior of the villa is composed of a simple familiar form, which is elongated to provide many possibilities for sites. While the villa is an adaptable structure in the contextual neighborhood site, the building itself responds to users on a more personal scale. The interior space is enlarged by opening rooms to the public living space. The living room, office, kitchen, and children bedroom spaces have the ability to interact with one other to form a dwelling where the spaces are changed by the users themselves. Depending on changing needs either from a moment to moment basis, or a more drastic major life cycle change, the house has the ability to expand and contract, to become interactive or provide retreat. The choice is left to the users, the structure simply provides the opportunities.

Mathilde Duvier (FR)


Non-Stop House

Building a house for a family, it would have made sense to use the human size as a proportion, like Le Corbusier’s Cabanon, boat cabins or trailers. But this kind of architecture doesn’t enable evolution / adaption as a family needs. Everything is fixed, measured. On the opposite, the Non-Stop City (Archizoom) proposes a really free space, infinite, with pieces of furniture in. Something that enables adaptation and evolution.

How could I adapt this concept to a family house?

The main idea of this project was to propose, more than a house, a space. A space that people can use in as many ways as they want.

The project is composed of 3 elements: a floor, a shell and boxes. The large portal frame structure (span > 9m) enables various activities in the house, and the floor (which contains the technical system like plugs) makes it possible to move the boxes’ everywhere. Those boxes’ size is minimal. Not room, not furniture, they are in between and propose a minimal space of privacy. They can be storage space, furniture and screen; always support of expression. Movable in the space they enable a wide range of living configurations. The surface of the house is approximately 200m2. All put together, the boxes and furniture take less than half of the house space, which means that more than 100m2 is then free.

The idea was to explore what is the potential of this architecture and imagine what kind of life people could have in. Football game, trampoline, huge party, swimming pool, trapeze, Tupperware meetings…what would you do in this house/space?

Matias T. Grez (ES)

Matias Trujillo Grez

The structure of the house is supported on five small blocks of concrete. The wood structure that define the house (the furniture) is supported by a metal frame platform. This small metal structure raises the home and bring the weight to the ground. It is a structure of beams and cantilevers. The two central cores, the fireplace and a pillar, are built in brick, resting on the ground.
These two central supports serve as support for the construction of the platform in the center. The wood furniture is built through a series of battens braced together by horizontal ribs to rigidify the structure, shaping rooms and leaving space in the corners for cabinets, services and facilities. This drawer supports a second skin that is the facade, made of timber, constructed with double insulation and double-sided in order to be stepped on in summer. In section there is a double ceiling. The cover that closes the house, leaning on the wooden structure and letting pass the existing tree, and the curved timber surfaces that closes the each space in section.

Moritz Holenstein (CH) and Federico Rossi (IT)


House In Bromma

Starting with the analyses of Bromma’s area, We decide to convert the existing airport in a new potential suburbs.A new configuration grew up from the ashes of the old airport, keeping the landing track as the spine column of the system, We proposed a different density on the area, working with the concept of the strip as the central public space and green spaces as connectors between the strip and the housing grid.

We focused than on a possible building for the average Sweden society, able to mix the concept of a villa and apartments building. We came up with a four floor building with a central courtyard and on the top a summer hoses system. The idea of the building is based on a fragmentation concept, working as Rubicks cube, analyzing the infinitive possibility that the human being can reach, going beyond a space in another dimension, where geometry and possibility can meet each other in an ideal system.

Ken Iriyama (JP)


NEBULOUS – towards a new architecture scape

How can a house behave in a “STANDARDIZED-CONTEXTUAL” situation? This is a basic concept for my design proposal. And here is the way I would approach it. In case that you have only furniture without physical house,“HOW” do you live there? The first thing you will do is trying to grasp the furniture situation, “What kind of furniture is there?”, “How are they arranged?” As time goes by in your life, you will organize furniture situation based on your living-style. Finally, some obscure partitions will emerge and they form some spaces. It is likely a nebulous situation, but at the same time is high contextual situation as a family housing.

→Not to create a“Machine for living”, but to create a space for living like a“Nest”.

“inside as outside, outside as inside”

Uncertain gradations emerge while boundaries among functional elements begin to dissolve and stratify. This variable inform new conditions such as “a house acquiring resemblance of a city” or “exteriority produced from an extension of interiority”. Field of distances and interactions emerges from nebulous conditions and refuses any predilection to totalizing system or all-encompassing order.

→Living in a nebulous condition produced by modulation and distortion of place

Andrew Lee (AU)


Statistics are everywhere. Various industries utilise statistics as an important source of information, from the finance sector to the insurance industry, as well as advertisers, those producing consumer products, as well as architects. Some statistics may have less significance for architecture, but understanding what can be used can be helpful. This highlights the close relationship that statistics and architecture can have. Built environments may be influenced by statistics, but at the same time, statistics may be affected through new and different spaces which force users to respond in different ways.

Data such as how the average Swedish family, according to SCB, consume 1.2 kg of candy a week may be useless to an architect, however Time Use Surveys that indicate US residents may spend 1 hour and 18 minutes traveling in any given day, and that office desk utilisation is around 9% in cities certainly is intriguing, especially for the urban development of cities as they grow.

With Stockholm projected to increase in population by more than 10% by 2018, new solutions to house these new residents will need to be found. Current strategies incorporated into the city’s planning have resulted in vast discrepancies in demographics in various areas of the city. Stockholm City has 28.1% residents who have a foreign background, whilst areas such as Rinkeby have a figure of 89.3, and Tensta with a figure of 85.9%.

This proposal identifies secondary roads which serve most of suburban Stockholm. With various services and infrastructure such as public transport, schools, water, electricity and sewerage already serving such roads, initial investment will be kept to a minimum. Housing, places of work, and places of leisure may line these streets, providing new services amenities to the surround suburbs. A proposed typology is in the form of a ‘shop-house’, in which the building incorporates both living and working areas for a family. Residents of these new urban corridors as well as the surrounding suburbanites may find that they will begin to lead a different lifestyle.

Yusuke Mino (JP)

Yusuke villa

First, consider a point of focus for the Swedish climate. I proceeded to consider the project cold and daylight hours. Daylight hours, especially characteristic. How to respond to these two points? Consider whether you want to use that? The old house was a commonplace material. But now, the house has been uniform from the comfort and longing. For example, Japan has imitated Western wooden houses. But the weather was not able to fit. Because, Japan is very humid. However, there are temples and shrines in Japan. They retain standing for long time. It is because I used to think Japanese technology and material. So when I think of home in Sweden, I think it’s best to use what you get in Sweden. I made a depending house in Sweden. In Sweden, I think that the sun is very special. Not only in Sweden, the house is built depends on the movement of the sun. Place a garden and living are to the south. However, the house can’t get sunlight from only one side. Because The shape of the house is straight. I was more efficient from sunlight, heat and light to get thought.
First, divide the building. Then each building features into every hour. Easy to get the sunlight, I give the building angle. We live facing the sun. This means is morning room, afternoon and night. Next is roof. The roof of the house is dependent on time. The sun is 90 degrees.

Aaron Nyren (SE)


On a lonely cliff in Stockholm’s outer archipelago there’s a house. In a rocky slope it stands with thin legs watching the sea. It’s a simple box but looking closer you see that everything is tilted. Everything except the floors and walls inside, which on an even closer look becomes visible through the glass. Just as the landscape goes from the closed to the open so does the house. Emerging from the trees the more closed bedrooms open up to kitchen and living room and ends with a studio bathing in light. In the house you’re living on different levels and even though the house is small there is many possible ways to move around inside.

Inge Louise Olberts (NL)


This building tries to be an answer to today’s mass consumption, and tries to adjust itself to this ‘throwaway economy’ we live in now. We consume a lot and in huge amounts. Recourses and raw materials are beginning to become scare and we are having huge problems storing all the waste we produce.
Today and we always did, we build houses that will stand for a millennium. After 50 years the mechanical equipment needs to be replaced, the furniture in 20. And after 80 years we usually end up with an old-fashioned building. The demolition costs a lot of money and produces a lot of waste. Architects need to expand our vision to a larger scale. There is a whole process before and after the design process that is equally important and influence-able. Materials are produced, assembled to a building, used and taken apart again to go somewhere else. To solve the problem of waste we have to think about the whole lifecycle of materials, were do they come from and were do they go and how.
I was grabbed by the concept of cradle to cradle. It takes nature as an example, where waste is food. Therefore, the building materials I choose are materials that are recyclable in the bio or the techno sphere. Trough simple detailing and three different independent structures, the building is easy to change when needed. With the use of a greenhouse, solar panels, heat storage and water purification the production of waste during the lifetime of the building are avoided.

Lena Pipkorn (DE)


Living 2.0 „The age of privacy is over!“ (Martin Zuckerberg)

The quote of Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) should be seen in the context of growing digital life and how this could affect housing. As a result we see that people are setting more and more value on their „real“ individual space and opposite the „virtual“ community space becomes wider. Maybe real community space, which used to be the centre of a family becomes more functional. We see different subjects of privacy. When we move outside of our house there is for example the „Existing“ – that others see and the „Records“ – which can be monitored. In terms of living there is the subject of privacy we want to keep between inside and outside and within the inside of a house. What are the possibilities to give an certain amount of privacy and adapt to economical questions. We need less cost what would mean less mass. But if we want more individual space we need more privacy and more mass to cover. Between outside and inside the old fashioned way to cover a house was turned inside out. To reduce mass on the inside, a different way than putting up walls for seperation was searched. As basic there is an average area of 40qm/pp. which is devided into funct. zones. With no walls for seperation most privacy is on the far outer points. That is where the bedrooms are located. The Facade keeps the proportion of mass constant. The more narrow – the less view from outside is possible. To create even more privacy the division points are used to wrap the rooms around the fundament, a core that supplies the building. The bedrooms with most privacy needed are put on top of each other. This creates also a play with swells. The core gives the stability for the concrete construction.

Nea Tuominen (FI)


Semi-Detached House

This house is a semi-detached house that is challenging the usual views of this housing typology. The house has two housing units and both units face all directions and unlike usual semi-detached house both families can take advantage of the views and sunlight from all of the surroundings.

The units have private areas in the house but there are also shared spaces or communal areas. The rectangular shape of the house is derived from an optimal square or a cube shaped area for living which is duplicated to create optimal spaces and low cost construction. Insulated glass façades provide visual screen but functions also as a passive energy collectors and give gentle light inside. Both units have their own entrance and they are oriented in a different direction. Longitudinal shape of the house also offers private gardens for both families on the front yard.

Due to the disposition of the spaces both apartments are able to face many directions. The spatial boundary between both parties is not clearly drawn, allowing a variety of different patterns of usage to result. The open roof garden that crosses the volume of the building in the upper floor offers much potential for future modifications or repurposing. This free space also serves as socializing space on the other hand and as a source of vegetation and recreation. On the ground floor, the kitchen offers social space for both families living in the house. Kitchen is an easy space for social interaction.

The design reflects an underlying tendency where private spaces are still private but communal areas become ever more public. Concept assumes that the two parties are willing to live together communally, while providing each with a sheltered private area of their own.

Ann Charlotte Wiklander (SE)

anne-charlotte wiklander

Two faced villa

Duvbo is a small villa suburb to Stockholm. It was founded in the beginning of the 20th century with the own home movement. This progress was established to give the working class an opportunity to buy a piece of land and build a house. The plot was used for cultivating and at most cases a cellar was built to be used as a workshop, to give the owners the opportunity to become self-sufficient. Today the ideology of this movement has been replaced by the aesthetics of this area and the visual aspect counts more than the history itself.

The idea of my two faced villa, acts as a response to this aesthetical importance. Due to the strict regulations to the new houses in this area, the resent buildings tends to look like very bad mass produced replicas of what was made 100 years earlier, crafted by hand.

I decided to work with an existing plot, villa, which allowed me to work with the existing features of the house and the garden. I kept the two street facing facades to play with the contradiction of adding new, but not showing, which would be the same as building new, but as the old. This gives the impression that the house has stayed the same, when in fact something completely different is hiding behind, a bit like the mass produced facades, imitating something hand crafted.

The idea of this “new”, hiding, was to let the garden start to intrude into/onto the house itself. This would act as a way of showing how the once very importance use of the garden, has been fully forgotten and now acts as a set for this green neighbourhood. I worked with a pattern imitating the flow of greenery happening around the house. Looking at the activity behind this screen holes for light to protrude are being made, giving the impression of being under a tree with light beams shining through the leaves.

The choice to work with concrete derives from its natural aging process, allowing dirt and pollution transform to moss, when mixed with the moisture from the concrete. This would mean that the imitated greenery would in the distant future actually start to grow. And garden will become a part of the house.

Alberto Zanelli (IT)


Villa in Södermalm

The project starts from the desire to create a building that is the result of a careful analysis of the context that surrounds it. The house project is not only targeted to deliver a dwelling but to reach the more suitable composition for the exclusivity of the situation in which the building is involved. The site is a plot on the hill in the north of Södermalm between Bastugatan and Mariaberget park, the road is called Villa skinnarviskrand. The site features a fantastic view towards the city. The area has many traditional Swedish houses, which together form a protected area of the city of Stockholm. These old houses are a source of inspiration for the design and materials of the house.
The form derives essentially from three factors: topography (the site is on a slope), the presence of a large tree and the view towards the island of Gamla Stan. The plan thus takes the shape of three different plates arranged to create a private courtyard open to the lookout. The two north blocks become two visual cones, two telescopes prospective that direct the gaze outwards. The house is to be a modern reinterpretation of traditional Swedish home: the use of vertical wooden slats on the exterior, a green roof over the sleeping area, the concept of family privacy linked to an inner courtyard, the use of wood for shell structure.


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