My Urban Housing project aimed to offer the dweller a more enjoyable living experience where domestic tasks are ritualised and integrated with opportunities for social interaction and connections to nature. The cell units are composed of ‘lived-in’ furniture devices in which the dwelling can be read as a kit of parts related to domestic activities, hence creating a series of experiences of domesticity through the home.
The modular units sit atop a composition of levels which creates the idea of the home as a topography and further distinguishes the areas of domesticity and rest. The furniture units define spaces and aim to create moments of ‘joy’ such as the incorporation of a view to the shared court or winter garden of the cell. The dwelling would therefore offer more than an efficient means of living, encouraging the dweller to slow down, in contrast to the fast pace experienced in contemporary life
‘Labour’ is distinct from home life and domesticity, reinstating the home as a place where the wellbeing of the dwellers is prioritised rather than the home acting as an extension of labour. Amenities, commercial space and office units are located on the ground floor, surrounding a courtyard for the wider public, encouraging a greater sense of community and reactivating the streets of the Barras.