Garden Unique_ Modular Prototype
Modular Prototype for deployable, pre-fabricated, re-use materials, small space design.
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Solution

GARDEN UNIQUE

 -small space design        :               [12� x 10�]

-reusable materials         :               [100% recycled housing materials]

-transportable space      :               [modular design + expandable area]

 

+ How can RE-USE materials be incorporated into architecture?

 

We need to consider the extraction, transportation and assembly of materials to be responsible designers. The impact of the energy use and the architecture itself also needs to be a consideration. The design will consider the context of its built environment and promote the sustainability of it.

The best possible scenario would be to extract materials from the site, which decreases all transportation of materials [26% of the total building energy cost (according to a statistic I made up for this joke)]. The assembly of the architecture can and should be built by the users of the space. As a result, the users will learn the positive effects of the architecture they create and be able to teach others in the community. Consequently this piece of architecture will benefit the community through its awareness of sustainable practices and program.

 

+Embodied Energy of Design

 

The Modular Shed reuses materials from its own suburban building site. In return, extraction, transportation, assembly, installation, disassembly and decomposition of all materials occur without the need of additional off-site energy; therefore, decreasing the total sum energy of the project.

 

+Spatial Quality

 

�Small spaces can be tailored to the specific needs and activities, while being readily adaptable.�

The south façade of the modular shed is dynamic and adaptable for sun shade and a variety of interior/ exterior activities. The façade becomes spatial separators and furniture as each panel is oriented for a variety of uses. 

What's the benefit for the target group?

A fresh response to over used materials, while maintaining positive spatial qualities inside and out. The design is also vernacularly responsible and provides good air quality for the users, which is important for hosting events.

How does your idea solve the problem?

Nearly 100% recycled materials are used in the design. The pre-fabrication of corners and modules allow for simple, on-site construction with a minimum of persons needed.

What could be the perfect event to implement your approach/object?

The design is successful in the sense it can transform throughout the day. An outdoor office by day, and a private dining room by night. The rooftop terrace allows for the prototype to produce food for any event, while inviting users to enjoy a sunset or a night sky from the top deck.

Which problem is solved by this idea?

Sustainably allowing growth of personal space through the development of re-using materials. The material palet is taken from pre-existing suburban conditions, allowing the suburbs to turn over in a sustainable way, while incorporating a smart approach to architecture that is tied to its context and site.

How many guests can participate in your outdoor dinner?

As the design coordinates both interior and exterior spaces, the prototype serves as the functional center piece of the dinner; it can be sat on, or in, or ontop of! This allows the participation to be an intimate 2 persons, or a large gathering of 30.

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