Student housing proposal for 18 students in Athens, Greece. The scheme focuses on two fundamental requirements of student housing; the need for social interaction between individuals and groups for personal development; and the need for privacy and respite to allow effective study for academic development.
Given the dense urban context it is critically important to create a high-quality, safe, comfortable, affordable and healthy city-centre environment, which is aimed at enhancing the quality of lives of those who use it. The ambition is to use simple, readily available and commonly used materials and building technologies to create a building which is comfortable throughout the day and from season to season. The thermal massing of the building will be achieved through its external pale concrete skin. Natural lighting and ventilation manually controlled by the user combined with simple thermal massing and solar shading principals are proposed to create a low energy, low cost and low maintenance building.
This proposal focuses on the study of the domus commune which highlighted the benefits to be gained from placing students in small groups of three to six, within a larger group of eighteen+. The arrangement of a series of small apartments interlinked to form a larger commune allows students to interact at a range of levels; at an intimate scale students can engage with roommates or flatmates, while at a broader level social interactions are encouraged between apartments and even between neighbouring buildings.