The Uroboros is a reference that is applicable in its myth of self-consumption, so clearly identified as a global problem, as well as its potential as a solution through a liberation from limitations. It is a hallmark of stability through a perfectly kinetic existence. This idea applies to a formal strategy to house a domestic interchange that refers to permanency but also allows for change that will inevitably occur.
The object quality of domestic space has basically remained unchanged from Classical Antiquity to today. The physical needs of the human body have been evaluated and designed around through object-created responses that are just as applicable now as they have been for thousands of years. This project asks us to address the consumptive constructs that we have created in the present day in order to create living spaces that have maintained familiarity and a stasis for the foreseeable future. The densification of cities and reduction of habitable areas leads us to question how we live in finite space but also to allow for boundless domestic experience.
INEVITABLE is calibrated to bring balance to consumption and ecology, projecting a future where the natural environment enjoys an equitable stake in the way we prioritize growing and relinquishing our built environment. Our future depends on urban responses in which the natural and the necessary are intrinsically superimposed.
To these ends we propose:
120 sf individual bedrooms organized into pods of 4 rooms. These pods are distributed in a circular array to maximize access to natural light/air as basic requirement for a new housing economy. Each pod floor is located above a common area service floor that includes kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, social engagement centers, and garden space. 5 levels of individual and common area floors result in 100 units. The Los Angeles climate favors the allocation of surface and natural access to the exterior as an amenity that each occupant can access.
The pods are a modular system fabricated from Mass Timber CNC-routed into a monocoque shell for rapid fabrication, delivery, and installation. Rainwater collection, processing, and distribution will be incorporated into the Mass Timber shell as well as power distribution. Approximately 7997 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be sequestered in this project.
The living units are organized under a multi-generational community cooperative arrangement. This operates much like a typical Limited Equity Co-op with an added decision-making adversarial entity composed of community officials. Tenants have to ability to engage in a ‘pay or play’ role for maintenance and upkeep. The pods then allow individuals the ability to expand and contract from 1 to 4 units as family situations adapt.
The behavioral structure is based upon the concept of safety and self-policing. In addition to the typical ‘dirty dish’ level of rules, the overarching form of the building aids in the social order. The rings provide a panoptic effect to reinforce the supposed social authority that allows the system to thrive. The accessibility for witnessing is the chief preemptive strategy for social adhesion.