Arch out loud challenged competition entrants to push the boundaries of adaptability and innovation when considering the future of the “Home”.
Architectural initiative arch out loud has released the winners of its’ HOME Competition 2019, an annual competition where designers are asked “What is the future of HOME?” Architectural initiative arch out loud has released the winners of its’ HOME Competition 2019, an annual competition where designers are asked “What is the future of HOME?” Proposals from all over the world were submitted to the competition and approached this question from three main perspectives: Innovation, Adaptability, and Pragmaticism.
The Home remains the most significant architectural place we experience throughout our lives. Home represents safety, ownership, privacy, and stability. Home is where we can be alone and with people we care about most.
Historically, the home has been a place of permanence. Despite how chaotic our lives are, we cherish the consistency of sleeping in the same bed and performing the same daily rituals here. Yet, new trends in digitalization and globalization continue to reshape realms of everyday life and alter our physical environments, including our homes.
It is important to examine how we adapt our living spaces to these shifts. The HOME competition invited all designers to explore ideas of domestic architecture for the future. Designers considered the impact of global population shifts, the proximity of major cities to coastlines, new materials and building techniques, as well as the rise of co-housing, tiny homes, smart houses and marketplaces like Airbnb. The HOME Competition creates a platform to speculate the ways new technological, political, environmental and cultural changes can redefine the spaces where we live.
The Jury for the 2019 edition comprised of Erin Besler (Besler & Sons, Llc) , Preston Scott Cohen (Preston Scott Cohen Inc.), Peter Cook (Crab Studio), Anne Fougeron (Fougeron Architecture), Elena Manferdini (Atelier Manferdini), James Ramsey (Raad), Nader Tehrani (Nadaaa), Tom Wiscombe (Tome Wiscombe Architecture) And Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti).
The overall winner for the competition was the International Ceramics Friendship Park (Participants: Alex Reed & Dutra Brown Location: Los Angeles, USA); This proposal highlighted how the boundary between work and life grows ever thinner and proposes a social housing model based on vocation.
The slippage between work and hobby, the professional and the personal is accelerating and International Ceramics Friendship Park speculates on the spatial implications of our longer lifespans where the ‘#hustle’ never stops. Aging millennials will bring ideals of self-realization with them as they grow older and will continue to prioritize experiences over ownership.
Hobbies become work, work becomes life, and the urge to professionalize our creative interests allows everyone to keep ‘living the dream’ into collective retirement. I.C.F.P is a city built to house retired potters; complete with a pension tower, Monumental Shard Pile, Tomb Of the Unknown Craftsperson, kiln-heated pool, and labyrinth walking path. In its proposal, organized labour again wields sizable power, this time in proportion to the cultural capital that their craft-work has engendered across media and advertising at large.
This post-work craft utopia is funded through the sale of advertisements placed on the facade of The Potters’ Pension Tower and from royalties generated by leveraging the likeness of those who live and work in International Ceramics Friendship Park.The “Innovation Award” went to Sphere House Tectonics Of Buoyancy (Participant: Jin Young Song); This proposal showcased the core intent of the home as being that to protect people from dynamic forces happening around the social, technical, and environmental challenges.
Thus, the architecture of home can be defended by the performance and capacity of the protection in response to the corresponding challenges. The project focuses on one of the most emergent threats, climate change: global warming and the rise of sea level. Sphere House is a floating structure with minimized embodied energy, maximizing the use of space by the mechanical rotation and buoyancy on water. Sphere house proposes the simple and efficient floating home in which programs are rotating along with the movement of the residents.
The skin of the sphere allows dynamic view control and solar energy harvesting with necessary air intake and exhaust, water purification, and buoyant control. The external buoyant system supports the movement of the sphere with structural stability and connection to other vessels.
The “Adaptability Award” to the Rest Of The Land (Ensaterishentohsa Ne Ohontsia) (Participants: Benjamin Mayne & Abraham Francis). This project reconceptualizes sustainability through the Haudenosaunee semi-nomadic tradition, envisioning a home designed to be deliberately abandoned and re-consumed by its environment, feeding and recognizing the perpetual cycle of life and death.
The structure is both a home and a cultural device, each successive generation passing crucial knowledge to the next through the act of rebuilding. The swaddling star quilt is the only permanent object, a cherished gift to be maintained over innumerable years and sites, linking each generation to those that came before. While the “Pragmatic Award” went to Alpha Boom Co-housing (Participants: Jeff Jordan & Frank Deblasio & Jiuye Yan).
The housing proposal aims to accommodate significant shifts in suburban landscapes. First, the shift from traditional “big box” retail to online retail leaves behind large abandoned structures and oversized parking lots. The project proposes a reuse and adaptation of these defunct structures to accommodate the second shift, an aging population. As a large portion of the populace enters their golden years and balks at the idea of traditional senior living typologies, the aging retail fabric could be appropriated to accommodate seniors who would otherwise have to leave their communities.
The project proposes a hybrid senior housing community (baby boomers) and daycare for young children (generation alpha) in place of an abandoned department store in New Jersey. The hybrid strategy aims to create diverse energy levels and activities throughout the complex in order to benefit both populations. Activities in and around the housing complex could mix the two communities together in both planned and chance encounters.
The combined senior housing and daycare community is largely enclosed by the existing structure, however, the design carves out and pushes through portions of the original building to create a porous series of indoor-outdoor spaces and courtyards. Modest housing units are located on the first level and supplemented with cooperative amenities like a kitchen, lounges and gardens.
The second level incorporates the daycare and stretches across the length of the structure. Double height zones merge the amenity spaces of the older residents below with the classroom spaces of the young children above, creating truly shared, inter-generational links.The HOME Competition is an annual competition and will release its third installment in Spring of 2020.