Singapore Good Design / SG Mark Award 2019

Material Studies

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SUTD-MIT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CENTRE (IDC) 

Grand Challenge: Sustainable Built Environment

Research Team 

Principal Investigators:
Michael Budig
Oliver Heckmann

Research Assistants:
Markus Matthias Hudert
Amanda Ng Qi Boon

Collaborators: 
Lynette Cheah, ESD/SUTD 
Colin Yip, Arup Singapore

Mentor:
Richard De Neufville
IDSS/MIT

 

Singapore Good Design / SG Mark Award 2019, Design Business Chamber Singapore  
‘Generic Dwelling Templates for Future Urban Habitation’

A new highly adaptable dwelling model is proposed that is deliberately generic and open-ended. As an alternative to the about 50,000 most often inherently inflexible residential units annually being built in Singapore such adaptability would also allow radically different, user-driven concepts of ‘Built-to-Order’ when new residential construction projects are being launched.  

Oliver Heckmann, Michael Budig, Ng Qi Boon Amanda   

Exhibition, National Design Centre Singapore, 23 March – 12 April, Changi Airport Terminal 3, 23 May – 30 June

www.sgmark.org/project-description/?id=37

 

The exemplary unit ribbons illustrate the versatility to accommodate extremely diversifying models of co-habitation. They enable numerous adaptations and allow division, connection and re-programming of units to respond to increasingly unpredictable changes in people’s life-cycles, with minimal changes of the hard-ware.

EXEMPLARY ADAPTATIONS (from left to right):  A division of a nuclear family unit into one for a childless couple and a studio unit as rent income, once the children move out.  / A division of a nuclear family unit into one for single parent family and a senior couple as potential care facilitators, in case of a divorce. / A division of a nuclear family unit into one for a low income family and a studio unit as rent income, in case of financial hazards.  / A division of a multi-generational family unit with an originally separate entrance and living space for the seniors into three units, once the children move out and in case the grandparents move to a care facility.  

Unexpected shifts can thus be accommodated, enabling residents to stay in their familiar neighbourhoods and to extend building’s service life-time.  Combining different demographic needs, income levels and cultural backgrounds will generate inclusive and diverse residential communities.      

A fundamentally new form of organization of the allocation of dwelling might thus unlock. ‘Built-to-order’ hence can extend to an entirely user-driven process. It could accommodate emerging demands that are difficult to predict by potentially enabling numerous and adaptable unit agglomeration patterns.