Shifting Voids - Student Housing - Евразийская Премия
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Shifting Voids – Student Housing

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: The tradition of disseminating knowledge and innovation relies in the diverse community experience. This interdependence of a community and the individual is vital for the growth of an educational institution. Focusing on the diversity of individuals and the vastness of a community creates opportunities of variation and thereby learning. Interdependent programs offer a multitude of interactive spaces that would be beneficial for a community experience. Our ideas stems from an interest in developing inter relationships in which students would participate in a non-hierarchical and rhizomatic nature of exchange.
Our concept was to focus on the diversity of individuals and the vastness of a community creating opportunities of variation and thereby learning. The student housing allows for multiple smaller building types which is dispersed in balanced clusters around varying scales of living courtyards. The approach was to move away from the hermetic dormitory or hostel organizational structure, which fosters a regimented form of social control – a kind of control that restricts learning, living and exchange. The attempt is to create organizational variation, non-linearity, change & flexibility through the integration of program with non-programmatic spaces thereby integrating both the collective and the individual. The social and cultural lives of students have been captured and highlighted by sequencing common programs along movement trajectories. The common activities are placed adjacent to the circulation creating opportunities for interaction and thereby exchange between students.

The housing is an active pedestrian ground which is simulated as the streetscape that gets transformed into stilts, verandahs, decks and courtyards within. The housing breaks the strict definitions of the layers by fragmenting the program areas and other common or non-program areas.
The design strategy was to create three flexible modules with a mix of programs and non-programs to allow for varied configurations around the living courtyards. One module has a mix of single and double rooms with a stilt area, deck and terrace, the second module has rooms with a toilet block and a stilt area and the third module has rooms with a stair block along with a stilt, deck and terrace area.
The three modules seamlessly merge by virtue of the spatial continuum and connective spaces to form clusters to create varied configurations. This creates a lively neighborhood that fosters informal interactions creating a low rise high density student housing environment.
Spaces such as streets, courtyards, bridges, verandas’ and terraces with student living are integrated, creating a variety of chance interaction between the diverse student community. These spaces we perceive create a variety of chance interaction between students for the diverse faculties and years. This fragmentation is continued on the floors above which allow for semi private interaction zones in the form of terraces and bridges. The Common room program has been broken down and distributed across the student housing thus allowing of stronger bonds with a smaller scale of the neighborhood.


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