Building Blocks aims to help people transition out of homelessness by creating contexts for natural interactions at  an individual level,  among small groups,  among the full group of 12 resident as well as  interactions with the city’s residents. Besides the functions designed for individuals, this community space provides group activities such as workshops, study spaces, but also the opportunity to manage the community’s energy production and consumption as well as growing food locally. These functions are open to the public (schools, universities and other interested people) to share the experience and learnings from such sustainable lifestyle, so that this community space may serve as a working example and a case study of a net-zero energy community.
More information about this projectA Composition of Spaces | Sliding Dwellings | Lighting & Ventilation | Urban Interaction | Growing food locally | Materials and Privacy | Net-zero energy | Construction Techniques | All Drawings | Competition Submission
The same logic is used for the materials of the common space, however mirrored. Towards the poublic side, the common space is more open, with more spaced brise-soleils being used, on the private side, the brise-soleils become more dense and allow less visual openess.
- The wind system.
- The Adaptive building system.
- The Water system.
- The Electrical and heating system.
The dwellings are build of regional, lightweight and locally commonly available materials. They can be easily replicated in many locations. They slide using ball wearing wheels on a floor mounted track. This makes it possible to move the dwellings manually. It is a modular construction, made of recyclable polycarbonate panels, recycled textile fiber insulation for the wall and recycled PET insulation for the roof, to optimise the protection against the weather effects.