Launch February 13, 2020
Submission Deadline: Aug 18th 2020
Public Voting begins: Sep 8th 2020
Public Voting ends: Oct 3rd 2020
Result Announcement: Oct 15th 2020
Retrofit: Architecture Competition
A rapidly densifying urban sprawl and the need to house an ever-increasing population has led to an explosion of mass housing schemata. Owing to a severe shortage of land resources to accommodate said housing, the housing tower sought vertical growth. The one plan principle in housing, the replication of housing units has often resulted in the element of individuality being taken away from the resident of the house. The process of owning a house has thus transformed into a series of compromises rather than of aspirations being met. Primary among those, is the compromise of space.
Precast construction technology has now slowly become more commonplace, helping to achieve economy of construction, time and cost. As a response to the growing problems of modern day housing specified here, several building elements can now thus be “retro”-fit over existing homes. Apart from enabling the resident to acquire such provisions economically, this also enables the user to exercise a degree of additional control over his home, apart from the basic unit sold to him. The balcony, is now one such element.
As a space, a balcony is used for leisure, for services, as an elaborate vegetal container, a thermal break between the interior and exterior, and as a potent element impacting the elevation design of the building. Yet still, the notions with respect to what a balcony represents in a home, how it is constructed and how it is installed have remained more or less the same since the industrial age. The question deemed to be asked here is: Can a Balcony in a house be more, mean more, and be less work for the homeowner himself?Can architecture and industrial design overlap to create something that modularises yet maxes out the efficiency of balconies?
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