ABSOLUTE BOX Small House Post Disaster by Anna Rita Emili for altro_studio

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
ABSOLUTE BOX

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Small House Post Disaster

INSPIRATION:
The human body, as well as the architectural one is an hypothesis to be run, for it involves all the fields of knowledge analyzing changes, associations and alienations (whether they are architectural, social, territorial, philosophical, anthropological etc) which the individual inhabits, runs, changes, crosses, far away from home. The house, or the box (as a too generic and banal expression used to indicate the more complex living systems whether they are built in series or just one by one) conceived to satisfy and to protect our being in the world, indeed it can just isolate us taking us away from the surround. Trying to cover the distance a man gets into a cardboard box, in which he cut out a fissure, and walk around the city. "So like a nomad weaving connects his cloth and the house itself to the outer space, to the open space within the body moves". Once he has built his living cloth the man in the box leaves for an exploration travel, that will let him confront with his inner self, with the territory that he marches over, with the geography he draws, And with the complexity he passes through. “Indeed I like so much such a landscape characterized by vague distances, equivocal configurations, maybe because it is similar to my condition. Never get enough looking at it from a box”. K.Abe, Hako Otolo. "L’uomo in scatola" Einaudi So the clothing home becomes a living model that allows to travel on the body house, on the body territory, looking for a synthesis which try, through the perception sensibility, to integrate the inner space and the outer space because our home is our own world.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This self-sufficient emergency structure is made of two structural steel frames enveloping a volume of plasterboard panels coated with high-resistance HDPE panels. The aluminium-coated structural frames also keep the housing unit detached from the ground, thus avoiding dampness issues. Completed by two glazed walls that open onto the bedroom and living room, the envelope is white but, based on specific requirements, the cladding panels can be printed with other colours or patterns.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
-Triennale of Milan, Italy -Castel san pietro romano, Italy

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
-Aluminium- or plastic composite-coated structural steel frames -Cardboard panel for cover and plasterboard envelope clad with HDPE panels -Cross walls either in glass or clear or satin polycarbonate -Unit including living room/kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
This prototype is fitted with a system of photovoltaic panels covering the unit’s daily power requirement. It also includes a 300-litre water tank, which covers a water requirement of at least 3 days. Finally, a heating coil system can be fitted under the wood floor in order to optimise the unit’s interior climate, both during the winter and during the summer. On the whole, the unit’s basic size is 6x2,5x2,5h, but can be extended both in length and in width.

TAGS:
small house, temporary house, post disaster house

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Being firmly convinced that architecture is a perfect synthesis of science and art, my inspirations are, on one hand, as I said before, the facts determining the reality around us (this finds expression in the use of new techniques and materials), and, on the other hand, the study of the various arts: music, philosophy, literature, but above all the figurative arts. Art has always been the utmost expression of political, cultural and social thought and is typically expressed and developed long before architecture. The knowledge of art as well as an artist’s mindset are essential components of the spirit of an architect. It is this “artist’s mindset” that distinguishes a real architect from a mere technician of architecture. Our ambitions are to look constantly ahead, at the world around us and project it into the future. Our goal is to offer real answers to the kind of problems that increasingly affect the reality we live in. What we are talking about are events affecting the entire planet such immigration, mobility, complexity, etc., or natural phenomena such as desertification, hurricanes, floods, etc., or even computerization, an increasingly fast communication, etc. … Our purpose is to discern, based on social, anthropological, political experience, what will be the developments of future society without omitting near-future scenarios that might be not so optimistic. In that case, our message becomes a warning that cannot be ignored

CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2013-08-02 05:18:03

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
-anna rita emili, architect and -barbara pellegrino, engineer

IMAGE CREDITS:
Anna Rita Emili for altro_studio, 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
altro-studio

PROFILE:
altro_studio was set up in 1998 by a group of people willing to work in an inter-disciplinary environment (at first the group was composed by one architect, two artists – one of them belonging to the Stalker group –, one historian and urban planner and some collaborators). Taking its cue from the idea of inter-disciplinary activity, altro_studio has developed, from the very beginning, a research stemming from the specific field of housing, starting from nomadic housing (temporary house) and ending with the living unit. The activity mainly addresses the new ways of living the house: temporary, flexible, transformable, mobile ways of living the house. Understanding the new needs of the individual, both on a functional and on a structural level, is what propels altro_studio in its research about new technologies (mainly automation) and new materials with particular reference to the problems of environmental sustainability

NOMINATION DETAILS

Absolute Box Small House Post Disaster by Anna Rita Emili For Altro_studio is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Absolute Box Small House Post Disaster by Anna Rita Emili For Altro_studio is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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