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Hamburg, Germany



In collaboration with: igg - office for architecture

Project Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Ignacio Galen, Antonio Mora Ramos, Charles Hajj, Diego Soto Madriñan, Mikaela Leo, Bella Mang, Cesar Lopez, Clare Hacko, Aurea Rodriguez Sánchez


Habitactory hybridizes contemporary and traditional forms of working and living by merging the domestic perimeter block and generic factory box. The factory inserts itself into the middle of the block to allow for a human-scaled pedestrian experience along the streets. Between these two uses a series of circuits strategically tie these programs together—to benefit from similar needs—while providing separation to ensure privacy, sound isolation, and safety. The circuit acts as public infrastructure, tying the three blocks together and blurring the distinction between interior/exterior, street/park, shared spaces of production/living. Programmed with shared amenities, the circuit allows adjacent spaces of working and living to expand and contract to find productive overlaps. Ultimately, the mediatory role of the circuit not only strengthens the links between the residential and production spaces, but also enables their independence, responding to their diverse needs and schedules of occupation. Habitactory proposes a new model of development that commons the resources of the city to create a resilient framework for differential users and uses.