CO-EVOLUTIONARY LIVING

SPACE Award for Design Excellence 2008

Published: SPACE 492 p.32

In collaboration with JinTack Lim

Due to changes in society and people’s evolving needs, typical housing typologies prove unsuitable and inefficient. The starting point of our proposal is to come up with a solution which tackles this issue.

Co-Evolutionary Living calls for a mode of living whereby the automobile is integrated into the dwelling. As technology and the automobile industry progresses, cars can provide much more than what it was. The computing and entertainment equipments integrated in cars make them suitable to double as a space in its own right, in particular as offices, with the increasing demands for people to work from home or on the move. The house becomes a docking station for the car, allowing the 2 to work alongside each other in a co-evolutionary manner.

The basic unit is composed of 5 primary petals serving the basic needs of the dwelling: cooking, hygiene, sleeping, storage, and environmental control. Due to the increasing amount of everyday activities that can be carried out while sitting, activities have been arranged in single-height and half-height spaces, allowing for the creation of a compact and efficient dwelling without necessarily compromising in floor area and comfort.

Our proposal is the result of the thorough analysis of the current and future trends in lifestyle. It draws inspiration from Darwin and his theories for evolution and co-evolution. In nature, there are many examples of species that live in a co-evolutionary manner, a lifestyle we feel appropriate for the future.

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