Urban Housing in the Barras.
The two main focuses of this thesis lie in the domestic community and the visibility of the labor done within that community.
This district will be home to makers and traders who work and live within the community. Domesticity and labor will be re-aggregated in the district, with makers and traders living adjacent to their studios, workshops, markets, kitchens, cafes etc.
The domestic spaces will be built on the model of private cells and communal facilities; kitchens, washrooms, gardens. With the shared facilities on the ground floor, with access out into the yards and gardens in the district, and the private living and sleeping quarters on the upper levels. This is put in place to reinvigorate community and quality of living, creating wider connections across families whilst maintaining a sense of intimacy for each individual. The shared domestic facilities will become the heart of the community, with the acts of domestic labour being relieved of burden, the visibility of these acts is maximised and value is placed on the joint effort within the community.
The labour spaces will be in buildings adjacent to the domestic blocks, following the same model as the domestic space; with permeable workshop facilities on the bottom for heavier crafts, and more intimate studios on the upper levels. These spaces will be inhabited by trades peoples and craftsmen who will produce goods that will then be traded back through existing markets in the district. Industries will include textiles. carpentry, ceramics, repair work, artists etc. Common Condition, Domestic and labour spaces will share the same presence in the block, both accessing yards and gardens, communal kitchens etc.
The distinction between domestic and labour space will be made through architecture, with domestic buildings donning smaller residential size windows and with labour spaces having large, dominant windows. Referring back to the notion of visibility and celebration of labour. Movement through the district will be promoted by people walking across gardens and yards to get to their studios/workshops, to hang their washing out, to meet friends in the kitchen and tend fruit and veg in the urban garden.