Live-work space


AUTHOR: Bakavou Vasiliki
PLACE: Unknown
YEAR: 2016
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM: vicky__bak


Due to the evolution of technology, the traditional notion of “home” has changed and more and more often we talk about “live-work space”. 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 made possible the concept of home as a “live work space”.

It is transforming from a detached shelter to a versatile, adjustable space. The limit between the private (live) and the public (work) sphere becomes increasingly blurry, causing them to co-exist on several occasions. The live-work merge in one unit, it is not the simply 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’s required a comprehensive remodelling. The live work space 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 to have a broader reference. First, the translation of the main attribute of each profession to space and, afterwards, its 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.

The idea of the parasitic growth of these units inside an urban web is examined, such as rooftops, inside the empty buildings, pilotis and arcades, uncovered plots or between the existing buildings.

In a future imaginary scenario, even if the city buildings collapse, these units could create a new urban type but in vertical development – memory of the current type of Greek polykatoikia – creating new, different urban conditions arising from the relationship between them.


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.


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