Home It Yourself
Home It Yourself
“Never in the history has distance meant less. Never have man’s relationship with place been more numerous, fragile, and temporary. We are breeding a new race of nomads” Future shock | Alvin Toffler
These days, the concept of habitation is constantly evolving. We no longer see homes, apartments or any private space as a permanent, defined, timeless place. Rather, in our way of thinking, home has become an intermediate space which meets our dynamic and ever-changing needs. On the other hand, as living beings, our home will always remain our private fortress, safe and steady, known and familiar; a place where we can always find peace and happiness.
Based on this perspective towards housing, ‘Home It Yourself’ offers a subversive approach that entrusts the planning and completion of the house with the individual who knows and understands best his needs at all times- the inhabitant. ‘Home it Yourself’ propose a basic infrastructure for housing that enables a rapid and inexpensive housing on which the construction of a house is made independently, in a personal pace, and according to the changing needs and desires over time; it’s offers affordable growing homes in an intensive, urban environment that creates opportunities for different population strata. The architecture of the building is constantly transforming and becoming the incidental results of a dialogue between the inhabitants and their environment, and between themselves, through a process of sharing, conflict and joint creation.
As part of the proposal, inhabitants can purchase the beginning of a home at an affordable price, and over time, needs and resources, they can accomplish in it the house of their dreams. While the community is growing, the entire complex provides a public solution for some basic needs, such as a communal kitchen, a tenants’ club, children playground, etc. Thus, no matter what the inhabitant’s house situation is, they will find community support, which enables people with various economic abilities to live together.
How Does It Work?
At the initial phase, basic infrastructure is set up for private housing units. Each residential unit is a volume defined by floor, double height ceiling and column’s grid. The unit also includes connection to dry and wet utilities such as electricity, water, sewage, gas, etc.; a prefabricated bathroom and an outside sink as kitchen preparation.
Furthermore, the public spaces are completed at the first phase to provide services to the inhabitants from day one.
Next, the inhabitants complete their own housing units, with maximum freedom to organize the space, design and select material. They get the ability to build their own home according to their personal vision.
Throughout time, the building can be filled up and get empty again, get expanded or shrink, and over time change its character and purpose again and again.
The planning of the complex as an Urban Low-Rise, High-Density Developments enriches the connections and passages so that it is possible to cross the complex freely, and the ‘Home It Yourself’ community becoming an integral part of the city.
The spatial organization of the entire project is carried out with deep consideration of the inhabitants’ feelings and the creation of mechanisms that enable personal security, sense of a community and feeling of belonging. The complex contains residential blocks which organized in an hierarchy between the different public spaces inside each block, which allows different circles of belonging between inhabitants; a specific private space for one’s apartment, a space shared with neighbors from adjacent apartments, inhabitants in the same floor, and for all the neighbors under the same entrance who all functions as a small community. In this manner, it is also possible to produce systems of representation and control in the complex.
In conclusion, the project enables the inhabitants to create the right home for themselves while receiving the necessary resources, and in an efficient and economical manner. At the heart of the proposal, beyond the aspect of efficiency, is an ideological view that self-construction will create an honest partnership among the residents, a connection to the place and greater satisfaction with the personal home space.