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Porous Housing

Porous Housing is a multi-unit housing typology for the new era based not on maximum number of units, but voids left between. The floor plan has been re-composed with elements driven from typical village life of the past, such as the independent home, yards, boundaries, alleys, green areas, corridors and verticality. It reminds us of the fundamentals of multi-family housing and gradually extinguishes negative images of high density residential. Lesson: LIVING TOGETHER.



Porous House is a compact mass when implemented. By disassembling its basic components, the units have an openness between them which helps to overcome the closure of modern public housing. Eventually a means for social communication is developed as the dwellings form a culture of their own. The communal space is the medium between the private boundary and the public periphery. Porous house is a future housing typology that seeks to pursue and revive humanism. A single unit, 6m x 6m cubic geometry, has been optimized and a pocket garden exists on the roof of each. The composition of solid units, as well as the void-ness of its porosity, can agglomerate either vertically or horizontally. It continuously allows people to circulate and behaves as a living organism because of the activity happening within the complex. Metaphorically the solids symbolize private-ness and voids are public-ness. Joining unit to unit allows the creation of various dynamic sizes for the small family as well large ones. It provides a labyrinth of narrow alleys, common in villages of the past, so that residents happen to meet each other unexpectedly and in turn connect with public gardens on each level. Result: COMMUNITY.