Submission: October 04, 2019
Registration: September 27, 2019
Prizes: Please see details below
Since the beginning of time, a HOME has continued to be an entity that is intimate to all living beings on the planet. Apart from being a physical shelter for humans and their daily lives, a home forms a distinct, intimate connection with its users. Today, across the globe, we are experiencing a rise in densely populated urban areas, along with a lack of land resources to provide sufficient housing for the masses. This phenomenon has given rise to a new movement of Micro-Housing; one that commands the idea of simple but inventive living in today’s urban areas.
The concept of these revolutionary homes encourages making the innovation of maximum functional area in a minimum footprint, thus redefining the perception of Sustainability in urban dwellings. With the idea of Micro-Housing, designers are now coming up with various, inventive solutions to solve the persistent issue of ‘space crunch’ in cities to provide the imperative requirement of respectable housing to as many people as possible.
The participants are to design a prototype of a micro-housing unit that reflects the personal needs and culture of the residential community chosen. A suitable aggregation of these micro-housing units should be done in an urban context,mirroring the communal needs of the group of users. A total of 100 users should be considered for the design. Participants are to choose a site relevant to the topic, in the urban context.
The design has to serve as an upgrade to the standard of living of the users. While being very functional in nature, it should also be aesthetically pleasing. The built-up area of each residential unit should not exceed 350 sq.ft.and should house up to 4 individuals. The unit should be a prototype, making the optimum use of space, and it needs to be explained in detail.
The designed units should cater to personal needs (rest, bath, cook, and work) and community requirements(interact). As per their discretion, the participants are free to add more spaces required in their designs. The design of the micro-housing residential complex should also provide solutions for circulation such as staircases, passages, etc. These units should also be stacked in a manner to create clusters that can address various issues in the metropolitan city.