How to combine the desire of a detached house with its garden with the need to preserve the agricultural and natural land?
How to regenerate the abandoned industrial areas without losing their historical heritage?
How to combine the advantages of prefabrication with the aspiration to live in a unique place that represents us?
How to expand a home according to the evolving needs of the inhabitants without having to face major demolition and reconstruction costs?
With URBAN COLONY!
URBAN COLONY is a system of colonization of disused industrial spaces in an urban environment.
The European cities in the past century have faced a strong industrial growth, that often took place in valuable urban areas (characterized by good infrastructural connections, close to the historic center , overlooking the seafront…) and a parallel expansion of the suburbs to the detriment of the areas periurban greens.
Today, on the one hand, the classic industrial model is facing a deep crisis, that left large portions of urban fabric deserted, on the other hand, the environmental and social costs of sprawl have become unsustainable.
URBAN COLONY proposes itself as an instrument to redirect urban growth towards the inside by reappropriating the disused industrial areas through an innovative approach opposite to the classic demolition and reconstruction.
The idea of reusing existing structures as a superstructure for parasitic architectures has illustrious predecessors ranging from Le Corbusier to Archigram (but also historical precedents such as the Diocletian’s palace in Split) and URBAN COLONY fits into this trajectory recognizing a cultural and historical value. economic to industrial ruins.
The existing architecture is reused by reducing the costs and time required to build new homes: industrial skeletons are interpreted as free land on which to build their own home.
The project consists in a set of tools (prefabricated elements) that can be adapted to physically different situations, while maintaining a standard approach; given the components and the modus operandi the architectural form is freed from any bound, so every intervention is tailor made and take the most advantage from the existing building.