The 'Social Theatre' Housing
16 December 2011

Standarchitecture participated in the 2011 Shenzhen Biennale with the ‘Social Theatre Housing’ project for Vanke at the NAI pavilion.

The design strategy for this project is to combine a number of basic small housing units together with a grand semi-outdoor public theatre-like space. The theatre space would serve as a great public living room for the building as well as for the entire community.

Unit Design
The design for the residential units is based on the concept of the shared wall. The division between each unit consists of a wide wall that works as an infrastructure where all the appliances and services are hidden until used. This maximizes the amount of available free space in the room.
There are two unit typologies; of 14 m² and 22 m². These units only differ in their depth, which is a consequence of the floor plan asymmetry created by the position of the corridor. The height and width of each unit follows a standard module layout of 2.8 m x 3 m which is projected onto the east and west façades. The area of each unit is enlarged by small balconies that enrich the quality of the interior space. 

Program Arrangement
The building program is organized through 6 levels. The first three levels accommodate commercial functions, with the possibility of having double height floors to enhance spatial quality and flexibility. The three top floors are residential.

Façade Design
The rigidity of the internal unit module is offset through the varied placement of balcony openings on the east and west facades. This cutting operation of solid and void gives a dynamic sense of rhythm to the façades and simultaneously operates to mask the placement of facilities required on the exterior of each room.




阳台在东西立面上不规整的分布使得室内单元模数的严整感有所抵消。 这种对空间虚实的切割处理使得建筑立面的韵律更富有活力,也达到了隐藏各个房间室外设施的效果。
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