Maximising the potential urban living space by utilising the gaps in the city
Nantes is an extremely appealing city. Many people want to move there, yet very little new accommodation is built. The need for a sustainable city now requires an optimum combination of urban functions (housing, employment, facilities and services).
Maximising potential living space and building the city on itself is seen as a planning constraint (strict habitable minimum), but it is also seen as a design process (infiltrating gaps in the constructed framework). The complex concept of residential density should be based on the existing environment.
Micr’Home aims to create a three-floor apartment in the gaps between buildings in the Quai de la Fosse in Nantes, covering the primary functions of the home, and meeting the physiological needs of everyone. Micr’Home is elevated to enable residents of the adjoining buildings to pass underneath. The main challenge of the project, which involved three 1.96 metre-wide levels, was to manage vertical flows while ensuring that there was adequate lighting in the accommodation. By choosing to inhabit the gaps in the city, the designer is returning to the essential uses in order to sensitively maximise the potential living space in our city centres.
This project is exhibited at Hangar 32 at “Design l’Expo”, from 28th November 2014 to 25th January 2015.