Home for a Household of Cats and Canine / AFAB
Textual content description offered by the architects. The mission relies on two elementary premises. The primary of them was the intention to revive the plot to its panorama situation. This panorama situation is denied by the city zoning course of, which transforms the territory into one thing that’s not a mountain or a valley, however a sequence of numbered plots characterised by parameters that haven’t any relation to its unique essence, corresponding to its biodiversity, drainage capability, resilience, and so forth; as an alternative, they concentrate on its new situation as an city product, corresponding to sq. meters, constructing capability, and occupancy share.
We carried out a research of the native fauna and flora current within the space and the encircling mountains, paying particular consideration to the wild flora, wealthy in fragrant crops and completely tailored to the local weather of Baeza (Jaén, Spain), which requires minimal upkeep and reduces its environmental influence. The target of this preliminary research was to attempt to restore, as soon as the development is completed, the wealthy panorama biodiversity of the place. In distinction to a tabula rasa, an environmental restoration course of.
The second premise consisted of addressing, with a restricted price range, a fancy housing program for its two human occupants, Alex and Lurdes, in addition to for its non-human inhabitants, together with six canines (Chica, Alex, Bruno, Rufo, Bimba, and Lisa), six cats (Odín, Audri, Lenin, Bety, Catherin, and Greta), and a Roomba. At a sure level within the mission, an thrilling discovery passed off: Alex shared habits and preferences for elevated and remoted areas with the feline residents of the home, whereas Lurdes, just like the canine inhabitants, most popular the fluid and vigorous area of the backyard. On account of this discovering, we designed the home with an open and dynamic floor flooring for the canine occupants, which provided quite a few potentialities and totally different configurations. For the felines, entry to a sequence of linked and remoted decks was designed, thus creating serene areas for contemplation with various levels of isolation or connection.
Lastly, the distribution of the home was deliberate making an allowance for the actions of the Roomba, a technological entity that additionally inhabits the home and performs an important position in consistently conserving the hair and mud clear.
Thus, the design of this home not solely incorporates measures to advertise ecological sustainability, corresponding to a separate sanitation community with the reuse of rain and grey water, the implementation of passive methods for local weather management, and the usage of renewable power but in addition seeks to combine its human and non-human inhabitants into the area, understanding architectural area (the home, the neighborhood, town) as locations for cohabitation and voluntary affiliation of beings.