Past-the-family Kin Housing / Ignacio G. Galán + OF Architects
Textual content description offered by the architects. Past-the-family Kin is a platform for empowering getting older. It operates inside a community of infrastructures shaping a renewed social motion for getting older in place. Countering the rising isolation of older residents or their subjection to institutionalized types of residence, the challenge hosts numerous types of care throughout generations past the nuclear household each inside and outdoors the home and furnishes technological and monetary methods supporting the lifetime of its occupants.
Positioned on the finish of a row of single-family homes on the outskirts of town, the challenge combines numerous dwelling preparations on every of its three flooring, with completely different levels of autonomy and interdependence between them. Whereas none of them neatly responds to the wants of the hegemonic household, collectively they facilitate kinship-in-the-making: the primary flooring, accessed by way of the road by way of a brief ramp, incorporates a sequence of areas for an getting older couple with rising mobility difficulties; above it, a pair of rooms flanking a dwelling house is deliberate to host the couple’s frequent guests inside their prolonged and chosen household; the decrease degree is organized as a one-bedroom house that the couple may hire to pursue monetary stability or would possibly host an attendant ought to they want one. The proximity of town’s essential college campus may additionally result in rehearsing fashions that join college students and getting older people for inexpensive housing, shared assets, and mutual care. In the end, Past-the-family Kin counters constructed notions of the household home as an autonomous and steady social unit whereas acknowledging the relations of dependency between the inhabitants and their social and materials environments.
A cascading sequence of terraces enhances a spread of ecologies and actions hosted inside the challenge, creates alternatives for socialization between the completely different occupants of the residence, and grounds the home inside numerous networks of the neighborhood. The entrance terrace, which the challenge privileges, allows a robust reference to the road and favors the formation of a unfastened group of neighbors—countering present design methods for row homes within the space that favor a extra secluded yard. A number of rolling pots and a beehive on the roof terrace are a part of a system of city farms that prevails within the neighborhood regardless of its current parcel subdivisions and densification whereas different gardening alternatives are distributed all through the challenge. A small pool serves for exercising for the residents and their buddies. With a ridge silhouette in dialogue with suburban industrial amenities and its stark coloration palette, the home seeks to achieve a sure centrality within the neighborhood regardless of its small scale—as a key node of its social life. Neither nostalgic about outdated types of sociality nor submitting to the up to date isolation of getting older populations, the challenge celebrates open and malleable linkages and affiliations.
Lastly, a number of interconnected formal and technological methods favor the vitality effectivity and environmental high quality of the challenge. The home’s complicated quantity permits the vast majority of its rooms to open in a couple of façade, facilitating cross air flow and pure cooling, that are enhanced by the staircase working as an air shaft. Operable home windows in the lounge’s sawtooth roof improve each lighting and air flow on this key house. Automatized louvers within the home windows management warmth beneficial properties and lighting from completely different orientations. A outstanding construction within the roof optimizes the orientation of the photo voltaic panels that energy an especially environment friendly system of heating and cooling radiating flooring. Mixed with a rear-ventilated curtain-wall tile facade with rain-screen ceramic cladding and corrugated metal panels, these methods assure that no AC will probably be wanted within the challenge even within the excessive climate of Madrid. Conceived as overlapping approaches to empowering the lifetime of its getting older occupants, these methods are moreover dedicated to preserving the rights of future generations.