PLATFORMS FOR EXCHANGE
The design is rooted in the principles of freedom of plan and the tension between the differentiation between physical envelope providing shelter, and objects and stories within it. Often buildings can be over designed with an emphasis on dictating how space is used, instead this building seeks to provide a platform – both literally and figuratively – for the needs of the occupants and their objects to freely exist upon. A simple grid of reinforced concrete slabs and columns facilitates this freedom. The slabs are punctured where desired and subtracted altogether creating open spaces. The users define how the spaces are used and ultimately the structure could be reoccupied with a wholly different function thus extending its life indefinitely. Free facades weatherproof the spaces and partition walls divide up sleeping accommodation however these can be removed, rearranged, or replaced in the future as needs evolve. Perhaps what is currently inside could become outside or the grid be continued vertically or horizontally to create more space. The tension between people and structure creates a beautiful chaos as objects and furniture are arranged and rearranged subconsciously as people go about their lives. This theme of order and disorder is continued in the forms as the grid is punctured by curved shapes and jagged hillside terraces.