Portfolio Project Detail

resilient[CITY] Patrick Bayer, Elizabeth Anderson, Luke Wallace, and Casey Ozog

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we live around the world. It urged us to transformative shifts in design, from how we experience our homes and offices to the plans of our cities. Therefore, the main challenge for the 21st century habitat is developing a built environment that can actually evolve.

This project explores the possibility of a progressive housing complex that responds to the site’s diversity through a series of studies that analyze their physical relationship and produces a repetitive and continuous adaptive system that calibrates the building heritage context including the guildhall.

The ‘Resilience Hub’ is developed from five spatial distributions: residential, work spaces, entertainment, commercial and semi-internal public spaces. These five elements are interlocked in a network of interactions between pre-existing conditions and future demands. The project consists of 32 residential units with direct accessibility to work spaces, due to the global turn towards remote work, in addition to outdoor spaces. The ‘Hub’ acts also as a connector to the surrounding context and heritage places in ground floor as it is providing open access pedestrian walks and seating areas together with commercial shops. The building height adapts to the neighboring building blocks to blend in with the urban fabric.

Life in the City of London is multiple, ambiguous and in constant change. Our aim was to create a building that connects and interacts with those multiple settings of daily life in a very direct and responsive way. Due to its ability to transform itself, it can react to various needs and offers the possibility to become a connecting hub, which shapes the community around it and links its visitors to the guildhall next by .A building that is not defined only by its form, but by its performance.