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softroom + softhousing
softroom was developed for the Design Beyond East + West competition, calling for ideas that utilized Eastern and Western architectural philosophies to solve the housing issues of typical single-family homes or apartments. Here, intimate spaces could be folded away, giving back to the whole. The jurors included Alessandro Mendini, Seok-Chul Kim, Shi-Li Zhang and Kazuyo Sejima, who awarded the project a Golden Prize.
softhousing is a project exploring innovative solutions to single-room-occupancy (SRO) housing. Submitted for the First Step Housing Competition held by New York-based nonprofit Breaking Ground (previously Common Ground Community), softhousing proposed a series of rooms that could expand and contract to create intimate autonomous and community space. softhousing was a Winning Entry, with jurors including Toshiko Mori, Steven Holl, Michael Bell, Julie Eizenberg, Andrew Freear, Rosalie Genevro and Rosanne Haggerty.
At the time of the DBEW competition, the idea of the material being translucent was integral to the concept so that ways of illuminating the structures could be developed.
The built-in bench pictured above is a predecessor to the molo product “benchwall”