This project investigates the use of parametric design for form-finding and fabrication techniques that are specific to an environment and location. From various parametric methodologies including stacking, aggregation, bundling technique is chosen. Bundling implies: a series of uniform elements such as string or sticks that are deformed to create intersecting nodes. As a result, the geometry and typology changes in different intensities of convergence and divergence. The entire process is governed by a predetermined set of parameters and with the application of algoritms and functions, interesting forms and spaces are generated.
Variations of housing modules based on external parameters
For this housing project, the parameters that govern the forms are determined by external environmental factors, including solar orientation, wind, topography and privacy. The controlled parameters include site access, number of bedrooms and amount of apertures.
House: 1 Bedroom v1
House: 2 Bedrooms v1
House: 3 Bedrooms v1
The footprint of a prefab construction impacts far less on the building site compared to a traditional building foundation. As this method also employs off-site fabrication and assembly, there is a significantly reduced impact on the site with regard to disturbance, run-off and waste. It is much easier to control waste streams in a factory, as waste can easily be separated for recycling at the point of creation on an assembly line than on a building site, where experience tells us, material separation is often difficult to achieve. From required building material, up to thirty to forty percent of building material waste generated from conventional building ends up in landfill, compared to as little as two percent waste achieved through prefabrication methods.
Relationship between variation of housing modules determined by parameters such as overshadowing, privacy and ventilation.
Courtyard communal parameters
This Master’s project relates to the issues of sustainability (economy, social and environmental) in accommodation projects. This project investigates a new typology in student accommodation that fosters social interaction, environmentally sustainable construction and occupation, financially viable for both short and long term. The site is located in Sydney University Main Campus (Corner of Parramatta Road and Missenden Road).
The main concept is transparency of the site by creating gateway between the community and the university in relation to the urban context. The importance of public domain weigh as equal to private blocks, where social activities coexists. The main strategy of the masterplan is to revitalise areas around Sancta to be more permeable and pedestrian friendly as well as intensifying the existing building by reinforcing the philosophy of Sancta Sophia – ‘to walk in wisdom’.
Night Aerial View
Missenden Road Perspective
View from pedestrian promenade
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