System for Connected Living

Loneliness is one of the most urgent social and public health crises of our time.

 

How can out home environment help combat .

Modular construction has yet to.....Open House is a modular system proposal that intends to challenge the prevailing notion of modularity in the AEC industry. It does so by capitalizing on the principles of mass-customization and reinstating modules as functional elements — rather than mere building blocks. Through this shift, the housing system is able to respond to human needs and wants, rather than requiring people and activities to be dictated by the system parameters. As such, modularity is a means to adapt housing to volatile, dynamic market environments, and galvanize housing into a flexible, agile system. This modular agility enables housing to anticipate and adapt to societal shifts and prolong the market relevance and lifespan of the building. Modularization is not merely a pragmatic, cost-saving proposition, but a process for accommodating change to the life of the building - allowing conservation and innovation to exist together. 

Open House

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2019 - ongoing

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Modular, Housing, Product Design, Architecture

Modular construction has yet to.....Open House is a modular system proposal that intends to challenge the prevailing notion of modularity in the AEC industry. It does so by capitalizing on the principles of mass-customization and reinstating modules as functional elements — rather than mere building blocks. Through this shift, the housing system is able to respond to human needs and wants, rather than requiring people and activities to be dictated by the system parameters. As such, modularity is a means to adapt housing to volatile, dynamic market environments, and galvanize housing into a flexible, agile system. This modular agility enables housing to anticipate and adapt to societal shifts and prolong the market relevance and lifespan of the building. Modularization is not merely a pragmatic, cost-saving proposition, but a process for accommodating change to the life of the building - allowing conservation and innovation to exist together. 

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The way we build our homes has remained largely unchanged. Most homes are still built on-site, using light-frame construction, hammer and nails. The process requires architects, engineers, consultants, suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors. This fragmentation results in a complex, expensive and lengthy building process. ​Plug & Dwell proposes to bring all disciplines together into one place, and move the manufacturing off-site to a controlled environment — drastically shortening lead-time and lowering cost.

While traditional construction practices have a distinct tradeoff between variety and cost, emerging fabrication and material technologies blurs this trade-off, allowing for a high degree of diversity and customization within the assembly line, while keeping cost and lead-time to a minimum. This practice of mass customization requires flexibility to be embedded into the individual module / building block. This provides the P&D catalogue with sufficient system range for the kit to conform to any given ‘host space’.

The porosity of the assembly gives it a lantern-like quality at night time. The glowing appearance accentuates its soft character and illuminates its adjacent spaces.

Procedural daylight analysis of the existing space guides the distribution and organization of modules.

..In conjunction with additional contextual analysis (evaluating factors such as noise levels and degree of access), the system has a comprehensive basis for design.

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The way we build our homes has remained largely unchanged. Most homes are still built on-site, using light-frame construction, hammer and nails. The process requires architects, engineers, consultants, suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors. This fragmentation results in a complex, expensive and lengthy building process. ​Plug & Dwell proposes to bring all disciplines together into one place, and move the manufacturing off-site to a controlled environment — drastically shortening lead-time and lowering cost.

While traditional construction practices have a distinct tradeoff between variety and cost, emerging fabrication and material technologies blurs this trade-off, allowing for a high degree of diversity and customization within the assembly line, while keeping cost and lead-time to a minimum. This practice of mass customization requires flexibility to be embedded into the individual module / building block. This provides the P&D catalogue with sufficient system range for the kit to conform to any given ‘host space’.

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Procedural daylight analysis of the existing space guides the distribution and organization of modules.

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Time as a design factor. The system offers flexibility for the homeowner / tenant to update and reconfigure the home environment to support changing life events — effectively turning the resident into a designer of her / his own space and regarding time as a key design parameter. As a product-service system, Plug & Dwell lends itself to different revenue models — from leasing and subscription models to production models — depending on the segment of end user.

Each year, one in six US dwellers move. These 50 million people are dealing with complex, expensive, and often emotionally challenging circumstances. Plug & Dwell intends to make these transitions as effortless as possible. Moving from a compact New York studio apartment to a spacious Lisbon loft? The existing P&D assembly kit is disassembled and returned to the local NYC Plug & Dwell center, while a new kit — specified and configured by the tenant and the local Lisbon Plug & Dwell team — is installed in the new apartment in a matter of days. This eliminates any need for expensive and energy-intensive transportation and ensures that the kit-of-parts in each location complies with local regulations and building codes.

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| Stoop

| Laundry Room & Storage

| Water Pump & Solar Power Storage

| Bike Parking & Charging Station

| Waste Management Room

| Aquaponic Farming Unit

| Backyard

| Exterior Corridor

| Entrance Hall

| Mailbox

| Retractable Wall

| Kitchen Area

| Bathroom

| Waste Chute

| Services Chase

| Bedroom (Murphy Bed) & Living Room

| Terrace 

| Wardrobe & Kitchen Storage

| Walk-In Closet

| Lounge

Kit-of-parts. The system is comprised of a limited catalogue of modules. This kit-of-parts enables the home-owner / tenant to fit out their ‘host space’ with all required domestic program: bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc. The modules offer integrated MEP wiring, as well as plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, lighting, furniture, and storage space. The kit makes use of standardized interfaces — allowing a limited number of modules to form a myriad or different assembly configurations. Each module is limited to a 4’ x 4’ 2’ overall dimension and designed to be light-weight enough to be carried by two people. The modules snap together with mortise and tenon joints can quickly be assembled by 2 - 4 people.

The modules can easily be assembled by a few people. Mortise and tenon joints enable the modules to snap together with minimal use of fasteners.

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A | Apartments designed to take advantage of natural cross-ventillation. 

B | Solar power gathered and stored through roof-mounted photo-voltaic panels 

C | Rain-water collection & grey-water recycling for the aquaponic system.

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