The project deals with the design of an apartment building in the cultural center of Ostrava, which is focused on the creation of the concept of economic and… more
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The project deals with one of the possible directions of the modern urbanism, the development of democratic architecture. The Czech city of Ostrava is an old center with industrial history and is the heart of the second largest urban agglomeration in the country. Peripheral areas of such cities usually need an actual rethinking of urban development, and economical architectural solutions are inscribed in this context. The principles of democratic architecture make it possible to level the hierarchy of divisions between residential and public spaces, offer openness of forms and humanization of functions.
The design solution involves the integration of architectural volumes into the real development of block-type apartment buildings as a link between them. The figurative concept of the project is based on combinations of the simplest rectangular modules, similar to Lego pieces. The space of the designed apartments is divided by light partitions into four module rooms: a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom. Interfloor stairs divide the floor space in half, which creates convenient zoning and apartment entrances. There is also a combinatorial modular principle that is characteristic of the entire project.
The ease of assembly of interior partitions creates the possibility of individual redevelopment of the apartment to the needs of each resident or family, which adds to the attractiveness of the project in terms of affordability and cost-effectiveness of housing. In general, design solutions in terms of geometric shapes, combinations of finishing materials and neutral colors gravitate towards the Scandinavian style. The interiors of the apartments are minimalistic, concise and simple, in the spirit of Ikea The undoubted advantage is a large amount of light, which is achieved thanks to large panoramic windows inscribed in the geometry of the Lego facade.
The author pays special attention to the design of a flat, exploitable roof. It is an aesthetically pleasing recreational space with a variety of landscaping, awnings and outdoor furniture.
Also, the project takes into account the features of the city location, the floor-by-floor functional zoning is thought out in detail with a convenient location of elevators, stairs and corridors, underground parking lots with a certain number of car spaces are also calculated. The work contains detailed design and technical solutions, which takes it beyond the scope of the concept into the field of specific design.
The disadvantages could include the lack of connection between the historical architectural environment of the city of Ostrava and the laconic design solution presented, for example, in the form of a fragment of styling in the details of the facade, which, in my opinion, would enrich the visual appearance of the project proposal.
The project deserves a good rating.
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The project deals with the design of an apartment building in the cultural center of Ostrava, which is focused on the creation of the concept of economic and yet high-quality and pleasant democratic housing. The concept is therefore focused on the democratic possibility of choosing one's own flats, which would meet the specific needs of their inhabitants and at the same time represent an ideal balance between minimalist and comfortable living.
To me, democratic architecture means a compromise meeting of human needs for housing at an acceptable purchase price. At the same time, this housing should correspond to the specific requirements of the individual, depending on the living situation and financial possibilities, with the necessary adaptation to the surroundings. Therefore, this project is built on the possibility of choice. This choice is mediated by furnished modules, which represent rooms and are designed in such a way that functional and comfortable apartments are created, taking into account standard requirements and the natural needs of their owners, by a very simple method of folding the modules together. We can clearly perceive these modules both in the interior and exterior.
Five module variants were chosen for the project, which represents individual floors; on the first floor, there are unspecified non-residential spaces for rent for possible businesses and other non-residential spaces for residents of the apartment building.
The proposal is designed with regard to the surrounding development and works with the basic effort to complete the block development that existed here in the past. At the same time, the project is designed as a continuation of the adjacent apartment building and respects the construction line of the block.
The main idea of the project was to create democratic housing that takes care of the surrounding buildings and at the same time brings a concrete solution of economically affordable housing that is at the same time comfortable and allows great variability to meet the specific needs of its residents.
Another important part of the project is the design of an intensive green roof, which is again divided into modules and, thanks to its large thickness, allows great freedom of use, including the planting of trees
The design solution is focused on prefabrication. All supporting structures are built from prefabricated reinforced concrete parts. Prefabricated columns are essential for the design, their shape creates the impression of dividing the space into modules and at the same time they blend in with the walls, so they do not disturb the interior.
The staircase in the center allows almost zero communication within the apartment, and since it is designed as an outdoor space, it is an economical and above all elegant solution that uses the heated space for the apartments themselves to the maximum extent possible, and the mass of the heated house is made up purely of modules.