You are the architect of your house / You are your own architect
Nowadays, investing in a private house or in public housing hardly ever gives its future inhabitants the possibility to study and to consider the plan of the dwelling. Yet, society is facing a need for identification, notably throughout housing, and commonplace is no longer appropriate.
In order to respond to these demands of personalisation, let’s put aside the classic dwelling types. Each future inhabitant must have the feeling that his dwelling is unique and made on demand.
This is why the progressive housing FLEXUS is an original and innovative proposal placing the user upstream of the design process. He can not only choose the right typology, but also decide on the relations of each inside space, options for exterior spaces, as well as choose the coating materials of his dwelling.
Your house evolves with you
The progressive housing is a housing that changes as its inhabitants change. It is conceived as an unfinished product at the purchase, capable of evolution when the needs and desires of its inhabitants change, or when the inhabitants are replaced. It is in other words an intelligent dwelling that adapts itself to its occupants when usually, the occupants are the ones having to adapt to a dwelling.
This typology is closer to an individual house by its flexibility to change and its possibility of personalisation.
The mutualisation is the sharing, by individuals, of goods, houses and facilities (laundry room, tools, computer, etc.) or of transportation modes (representing the first cause of greenhouse gas emissions in French households) in order to optimise the access to these resources as well as their profitability (by the sharing of costs, maintenance expenses, insurance and reparations, etc.). Hence, shared services enable financial economies: the households share the expenses – the costs per households are then minimized. This type of mutualisation could be the most promising lead for reducing the carbon gas emissions in French households, meanwhile promoting values such as conviviality, sharing and trust. These housing projects with shared services are the opportunity of keeping families in the heart of cities and villages, while developing inter-generational housing based on great relationships with its neighbourhoods. For seniors, collective housing is an alternative to retirement homes and the isolation they generate.
All the shared services in this project are available to each inhabitant, although they represent a possibility of use, they are not an obligation. The watchman of the block is the chief manager. He verifies the right use of each service and shared spaces. He controls the planning on the project’s website.
The base of this application is a matrix generating infinite possibilities. Through decisive questions (the number of inhabitants, orientation, functionality, openings, intimacy, work, spatiality, the materiality of the facades, additional rooms and shared services, etc.) and standards combined to multiple spacing options (an additional room, an office, a bathroom, a loggia, a workshop, a cellar, a garage, a laundry room, a playroom, or a great terrace, a veranda, a winter garden, or a simple balcony, etc.), the matrix calculates an important number of housing possibilities. This catalogue of options demonstrates to the clients the possibility they have in FLEXUS of designing their unique dwelling, custom-made, that will respond to each of their expectations and personal needs.
Location : Toulouse, France
Call for ideas for Intermediate Housing Density
Client : Oppidea
Team : COGEDIM, SATHY, OUI, Une autre ville