Contemporary life revolves around making plans. Be it five-year career plans, or dinner plans for next week; we all fall into these organisational patterns in order to maximise the value of our precious time.
But when it comes to our homes, generations of lifestyle renters are thrown into the mix and enter into a buying frenzy, unable to find that perfect place.
Do we have time to fuse the housing market with our rented lifestyles?
Our roots are in design and so we are coming from a strong base of art, and design; they go hand in hand. ‘Art’ is a broad concept, so is ‘design’, but they mingle. The fact is we are coming at this from the perspective of the art and design of a site which brings us to development. We are learning when it comes to the development part of the equation. It is a learning path, but over the past year, the narrative of the studio has definitely become stronger. This journey requires a clear understanding of evaluating a site with an understanding of art and design and an economical realisation of what it could be and in order to implement it.
As a studio, we are starting our conversation on a local level, but with an understanding that we work in a global market, and with an aim to create a dynamic landscape of ideas.
“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.”
~ Louis Kahn
Can we adapt Kahn’s ethos to reflect within small-scale development?
The immeasurable does not define large-scale; can we interpret this to be starting as the dreamer, and in the end becoming the ideal development, diversifying the fabric of our cities and accommodating different lifestyles?
“It challenges current solutions to the housing crisis in European cities, where too often the only ambition is to build more homes year-on-year, while the more profound question of what type of housing should be built goes unanswered.”
Quintessential bridges cross our rivers, and yet on motorways that we pass every day, bridges are left grey and neglected.
But what if we were to take this as an opportunity and unlock and occupy this new territory?
Vegetation, artistic displays of light or innovative forms that challenge and question the traditional ‘bridge’ could transform these dull and bare canvases into a destination for art within the ordinary; an advert for design.
Le Corbusier stated in 1927, ‘The house is a machine for living in.’
Design still draws upon Le Corbusier, despite nearly a century passing since these ideas were born.
Corbusier believed in “the mass production spirit. The spirit of constructing mass-production houses.” so does the concept that each house is a machine infer a lack of individuality in favour of faster productivity?
But in the midst of a housing epidemic and high demand within the laboratory of London, it is crucial to protect the individuality of design which makes the fabric of our city so diverse.
Is the machine the house of the future?
Motorway bridges are an under-appreciated vessel for design; a beautiful public design advertisement opportunity waiting to happen.
The existing structures have the current status of being the definition of grey, but could they have the potential to create the same statements as the iconic bridges that cross our notorious rivers?
The ‘space above’ could hold a key to an unlocked floating system of innovation within our city.
Could another form of land auction houses that just sell airspace be the future?
Innovation within this framework could be forming an agreement to not detract from exciting structures, but just to float above them.
Air rights have already been in effect, but could this movement of pushing the parameters of infill to be taken to the sky?