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Client: Venice Biennale

Project Team:
Neeraj Bhatia, Cesar Lopez, Andrew Bertics, Hannah Jane Kim, Katharina Sauermann

The following five prototypes examine differing relationships between the private and public realm—from highly defined and delineated to fluid and malleable. In each case, a technique of form informs the typological arrangement.

A series of differential grids organize collective life, private rooms, and objects. Collective life is parsed into vectors of domestic labor, immaterial labor, and recreation. By overlaying ordered systems of differential frequencies, a novel form of diversity is produced.

A field of containers organizes a city of rooms. Subtle figures distribute shared luxuries from private rooms, storage spaces and spaces of labor. A flexible roof structure allows for differential microclimates and enclosure.

Three overlaid figures—the square, cruciform, and triangle—create a transcalar field condition of form and space. Shared amenities, located in the triangle, link across the communal luxuries, courtyards, and private rooms.

The figure of a cruciform is arrayed into a field condition that allows for people to be alone together through timesharing space or to collectively assemble. The field provides a diverse range of shared spaces and collective families for introverts and extroverts.

Organized through a series of transforming enclosures, a surface organizes a fluid relationship between the public and private realm. As a framework for reappropriation, architectural elements form adaptive delineations of space that are programmed through domestic objects.