02 X DESCRIPTION
Due to the evolution of technology, which brought the concept of working from home, flexibility on working hours, great reduction of the necessary working space and easier transmutation of any space to a workplace, the traditional notion of “home” gets radically altered. It is transforming from a detached shelter to a versatile, adjustable space. In such a system the limit between the private(live) and the public(work) sphere becomes increasingly blurry, causing them to co-exist in several occasions.
The live-work merge in one unit, is not simply the addition of an extra room (working space) in the house (living space) since the house is a complicated system of human psychological aspects, the natural environment and the social changes. It is required a comprehensive remodeling. The live/work typology converses with existing conceptions of home and private life, private and public space, leading to emerging typologies and ”hybrid” interpretations of house.
The goal of this project is to explore possible transformations of domestic space when the working parameter penetrates in home. Seven professions stand as starting points for new units while each unit attempted to incorporate a generalized program so as to have a broader reference. At first, the translation of the main attribute of each profession to space and, afterwards, it’s generalization to a broader type that accommodates more than one profession is attempted through a seemingly “simplistic” description.
Eventually, each one of the seven units is based on the following concepts:
1] observation (a farmer, who needs to oversee the fields and to observe the changes on the weather conditions);
2] isolation (a drummer, who needs sound isolation in order to be able to work from home);
3] organization (a manufacturer of artifacts, who needs space for storage of materials and simultaneously a showcase for the products);
4] collaboration (a cook who needs a desktop for the food preparation and a surface to share food);
5] free plan (a yoga teacher who needs an ‘’ infinite ‘’ surface for moving and doing exercises)
6] congregation (a teacher who needs a gathering space for the students);
7] separation (a physiotherapist who needs the element of water, apart from the main workplace, as a tool for working from home).
Finally, except of the obvious idea that these units could exist autonomously in different locations all over the world, this project attempts to provide a solution for the location in the urban fabric.
03 X ABOUT
Born and raised in Greece, Vasiliki Bakavou has studied Architecture at Democritus University of Thrace and received her master in Architectural Design at University of Thessaly. Currently, she is working as an architect at a construction company focusing on store renovation projects. When she is not in the office, she loves Illustration and she get involved in different graphic design projects from logos to wedding invitations. Until now she enjoys the split between architecture and illustration. Her master thesis above explores the blurred boundaries between living andworking space and it oscillates between the realistic and the imaginary.