By : ase design studio - Serge Atallah
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 15e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Other categories in architecture / Concept & Unbuilt : Gold Certification
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Climate Change : Silver Certification
Ecological Housing Units
In front of ecological problems of our earth and our seas which hold us, we wished to develop a pragmatic, realistic project, for a near future and answering the double problem of waste recycling as well as the rise of the water level.
Our concept is 80 % in materials of recycling, partially energetically autonomous would allow to offer along the littoral or in certain lakes a qualitative and affordable housing environment, for all a population today stricken.
And it's in this context that voluntarily this project goes away from big architectural gestures, seducing but which ask a great deal of capital and of research to be set up.
This concept uses the ancestral rules of flotations and the architectural morphology of compartments, we take advantage of a proven technology but using new materials of recycling.
In brief we take advantage of ground and marine knowledges to realize an optimized housing.
The target: the whole population, the deadline: a near future.
Our project resumes symbolically the organization and the morphology of the cells of seaweeds as well as the evocation of the mechanisms of perpetual motions of timepiece.
From an architectural point of view, it is inspired by African compartments and by African villages which optimize spaces and create obvious shared places.
In the same way as seaweeds, the concept allows a development by clusters marrying the geography of a site and allowing an evolution capacity following need.
The principle of rotation of islands allows the orientation of the internal islets but especially the regulation of the position of wind turbines (aeolians) following prevailing wind, it is made by a mechanical system of rails and crowns inspired by timepiece mechanism.
The annular system creates a bounded privative space while allowing to keep a global unity of the colony. it allows besides, a variable orientation following the illumination and the winds by a simple system of mooring.