Shuttles is inspired by a game from my childhood of the same name. Opposing players move their pegs from one end of a labyrinthine board to the other, with the trick being that the board itself was mutable and constantly changing under the direction of the opposing players. As the shuttles are manipulated new possibilities for interaction are created, allowing an infinite number of scenarios ensuring no two games would ever be the same.
This inspiration translates directly to the apartment for Graham Hill. The minimized dwelling must be able to accommodate more functions than any single space could allow, and it is only through the physical transformation of the space that this can be achieved. Adopting the model of Shuttles, two perpendicular elements (shuttles) enable the freedom of complete flexibility.
With this concept in mind, the following principles guided the project.
Flexibilty: The design must be adaptable and able to accommodate any type of use, from intimate to expansive, but never lose its character and appear to be a blank lifeless box.
Minimal Energy: Not only must the materials and system have low embodied energy, but the transformation of the space must require minimum effort from the occupant � one should not have to disrupt everything to change the function of a space and in typical daily use little to no transformation should be required to use any functions at all.
Replicability: The design must be able to be copied into any environment, using easily reproduced technology and standardized frameworks that allow for infinite flexibility.
Tactility: The design is for a home, and requires a warmth and depth to the space that would enable one to spend the majority of their time in the space without feeling alienated and isolated.
Additional Notes � see drawings for details not covered here:
Shuttles: The shuttles are based on the architecture for high density mobile shelving, utilizing a well established and stable technology that can easily be adapted for residential use, as seen here: http://www.montel.com/eng/case_studies/retail_residential/case_study_loft_residence.htm. While mechanically operated shelving is available, manual operation would reduce environmental impact, and since the systems are designed to move extremely heavy loads they will be very easily manipulated. All required technology is integrated into the shuttles including the Cisco Telepresence system and Amina speakers.
Materials: The lowest embodied energy possible is sought in the construction of this apartment; the materials with the lowest embodied energy are those that already exist. The proposal is to use the minimum amount of raw materials as possible for this project, and to use entirely salvaged and reclaimed materials from the NYC area if possible, especially for flooring and millwork panels, generating a richly layered space. Existing brick wall to be exposed where applicable and painted white with zero VOC Clay paint. Where necessary only materials produced from recycled or waste products natural materials (such as Kirie board or wheat board or Paperstone surfacing) will be used.
Systems: The reuse of the existing mechanical systems is proposed, with modification of the existing radiators with reflectors and shelves to increase efficiency. A low linear radiator unit is proposed for the guest/office area to allow even distribution of heat regardless of shuttle location. Lighting and heating and all electrical appliances to be controlled through home automation control system with remote control abilities. LED lighting is channeled at the ceiling to reflect shuttle tracks.