Transformable Architectural Machine for City Dwellers
This research project, carried out at Intermediate Unit 6 of the Architectural Association in London, proposes an alternative mode of life enabled by a system of transformable kit of parts for an emerging entrepreneurial social class in Shenzhen, China.
Sited directly on top of a metro station, the proposed project is integrated into the local infrastructure and serves as a node of public activities. Each apartment in the building consists of a live unit and a work unit that can easily be reconfigured with sliding elements depending on the specific use. An inventive circulation strategy facilitates the highly mixed use of programs: courtyards serve as the gateway to individual live units and linear corridors provide efficient access to work units. This coexistence of two systems enable a constant flux of movements throughout the entire building without undesirable crossovers. Because of the transformable spaces shared by each live and work unit, the proposed project is imagined to have a density 40 times the average in Shenzhen.