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The Value of Life Balance Mohamed ElFendi and Mohamed AdelMohamed

ONE BUILDING = ALL DAY LIFE ACTIVITIES

THE MAIN IDEA OF THE BUILDING IS BASED ON FAMILY, WE CONSIDER FAMILY AS A STARTING POINT AND THE CORE UNIT FOR EVERY SINGLE DECISION IN THE BUILDING DESIGN PROCESS. BY DECONSTRUCTING THE FAMILY’S ISSUES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WE RESHAPED A NEW LIFESTYLE FOR THE FUTURE, BY COLLECTING THE POSITIVE SIDES FOR BOTH LIVES (PRE & DURING-COVID-19 PERIODS), WORKING REMOTELY & STUDYING REMOTELY ARE A PROMISING WAY FOR LIVING IN THE FUTURE SPECIALLY FOR THE VALUE OF TIME THAT WILL BE SAVED FROM DECREASING TRANSPORTATION & OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES, SO, SOLVING ALL RELATED ISSUES TO DISTRACTION AT WORK FROM HOME ARE CONSIDERED AS FOLLOWS;

 RESIDENTIAL:

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION FAMILY GROWTH, WE DEVELOPED THIS FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENT ALLOWING USERS TO HAVE ADDITIONAL UNITS/AREA TO BE ADDED, TO FULFIL THEIR FUTURE NEEDS, WHERE UNITS CAN BE DIVERSE, FROM 30M² UP TO 90M².

OFFICE SPACES: 

PRIVATE AND QUITE OFFICE SPACES DETACHED FROM HOME & AT THE SAME TIME WITHIN THE BUILDING PLOT AREA WITH PLEASING WALKABLE JOURNEY IN OUTDOOR SPACES CONNECTING TOTALLY WITH NATURE.

CHILDREN HUB:

DISTRACTION FROM CHILDREN IS ONE OF THE MOST DISADVANTAGE FOR WORKING FROM HOME SCENARIO, SO, DEDICATED SUITABLE SPACES FOR CHILDREN & KIDS IS PROVIDED WITH RESPONSIBLE FACILITATOR TO ENHANCE REMOTE LEARINING & ACTIVITY AREAS WITH POSSIBILITY FOR WORKING PARENTS TO BE NEAR THEIR KIDS IF NEEDED.

EVENTS & RETAILS:

SPACES OPENED FOR PUBLIC AND BUILDING STAKEHOLDERS TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL LIFE WHICH IS CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE MAJOR DRAWBACK FOR WORKING FROM HOME SCENARIO.

SPORTS & NATURE: 

QUITE SPACES FOR FORCING THE USERS TO HAVE MORE TIME INTERACTING WITH NATURE WITH MEDITATION AREAS AND HAVE MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE THE VALUE OF LIFE BALANCE.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES:

FLEXABILITY:

THE MAIN BUILDING IS THE ONLY CONCRETE STRUCTURAL ELEMENT, OTHERWISE, ALL ARCHITECTURAL SPACES ARE PREFABRICATED AND EASLY CHANGED FROM TYPE TO ANOTHER OR RESIZED IF NEEDED.

INTEGRATION:

THE BUILDING INTEGRATING MANY FUNCTIONS LIKE, RESEDINTIAL, WORK, LEARNING, KIDS NURSERY, RETAIL, EVENTS SPACES AND NATURE WITH ONE MIXED USE BUILDING, AND THIS EXPERIENCE INTRODUCES A NEW SETUP FOR NEW LIFESTYLE.

SPIRITUAL LEDGE:

NO ONE CAN EXPECT FUTURE CHALLENGES & CRISIS THAT HUMANITY MAY FACE, HOWEVER, HISTORY HAVE TAUGHT US THAT MANKIND HAVE DEVELOPED INNOVATIVE SOLUTION WHENEVER DIFFICULTIES OCCUR, AND THIS IS OUR BET.

IN ORDER TO REACH THIS INNOVATIVE STATE, WE SHOULD BE IN A BALANCED PHYSICAL, MENTAL & SPIRITUAL STATE.

THE MAIN APPROACH FOR THE SPIRITUAL LEDGE WHERE WE ENCOURAGE USERS TO BE ACTIVE & EXPLORE THE VARIOUS NODES TO REACH & INTERACT WITH NATURE INTRODUCED AT THE ROOFTOP & HAVE SPACE TO ENHANCE THEIR SPIRITUAL STATE.

SUSTAINABILITY:

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MAIN CONCEPT ENHANCEMENTS & MASS GENERATOR IDEAS WE USED:

  • FRAGMENTED EXPOSED MASSES: ALLOWING NATURAL VENTILATION & SUNLIGHT TO REACH ALL THE BUILDING PARTS, HELPING WITH PASSIVE HEATING & MINIMIZING ENERGY CONSUMPTION.
  • DIVERSE USES: REDUCING TRANSPORTATION NEED, ACCORDINGLY, DECREASING POLLUTION & INCREASING USERS’ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
  • MINIMIZED FOOTPRINT: PROVIDING POTENTIAL AREAS WHERE WE COULD DEVELOP FARMING & RAINWATER HARVESTING.
  • REUSED LOCAL MATERIALS: PROVIDING ADAPTABLE CHARACTER &MASSING WITH THE LOCAL MATERIALS.

ENHANCING THE SENSE OF HUMAN SCALE TO THE BUILDING USERS IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR TO THE CONCEPT, WHERE WE FORMED THE BUILDING MASS TO BE OF AN APPROPRIATE SIZE WHICH GIVES AN INTIMATE APPROACHABLE FEELING FOR THE USERS. MOREOVER, PROVIDED VARIABLE SCALES TO THE INNER COMPONENTS TO BOOST THIS EXPERIENCE.