Portfolio Project Detail

Pivot Mahdiar Ghaffarian, Hannah Gibson, Alyssa Quiring and Rick Browner

Pivot Pods propose a flexible, modular approach to co living and housing affordability that allows for the transformation of physical space and allocation of resources according to individual preference. Through adaptable architecture and a common digital platform, occupants are incentivized to share space, resources, and amenities which contribute to affordability and social connection.

The pivot pods provide an inclusive solution to co living, providing a variety of configuration options along a more public to private gradient. The house rules allow occupants to buy into a percentage of shared space and resources within the community pod. Over time, an interactive app allows occupants to track costs, resource use, and connect with others within the cooperative, making transparent the benefits gained by sharing more through incentivizing and encouraging behavioral change towards a more cooperative and shared lifestyle.

The community pods acknowledge the diverse living patterns and lifestyles of people coming from different backgrounds and life circumstances. By designing for flexibility and choice, pivot pods pair occupants based on lifestyle, hours of occupancy, types of modular amenities and percent level of shareability which occupants buy into within the house rules.

This concept takes as a baseline the typical, single-user occupancy typology and questions the redundancies in infrastructure, space and amenities that exist. These redundancies are inherent within a private ownership model, but result in a high cost of entry and inefficient use of resources.

Social, environmental and economic benefits include:
• Increased Space, more usable area available to each user
• Greater opportunities, to share and forge social bonds between neighbours
• More amenities, are on offer when you buy into the maximum share modules
• Reduction, in carbon footprint, material waste and operational carbon
• Off site mass production, creates a reduction in time and risk, thus reducing capital cost
• Adaptable and resilient, module is replaceable and reusable for other parts, sold, replaced or can be swapped between occupants
• Affordability, overall this contributes to a lower price to buy into – less material/utilities waste, less building infrastructure

Living Design is encapsulated within the following strategies:
• Wind capture, the pods are orientated to allow natural ventilation through the open air central circulation spine and into the living units, drawing warmer air from the south up through the cooling ponds and into the units.
• Aquaponics, the roof top cooling ponds provide the opportunity for hot air to circulate over the water, creating a cooling effect whilst additionally providing water to harvest plant troughs of vegetables and plants.
• Water and site, high efficiency and low usage fixtures help reduce on site water use while the façade elements help collect and funnel water through the structure to the landscaping irrigation and cooling aquaponic ponds. A cistern has been provided to meet collection demand.
• Energy and atmosphere, the proposal plans for 10% on site renewable energy production through building integrated photovoltaic panels that utilize its southern solar exposure.
• Health and materials, the proposal utilizes the depth of the site to provide daylight and views to units. 75% of regularly occupied spaces possess working daylight and 90% have views to the exterior. The modular prefabrication of each demising wall unit allows recyclable materials to be used and repurposed for other wall units. Materials used are precautionary list free and include FSC certified wood products.