We have been working with Cardiff University and Welsh Government on the development of new housing prototypes as part of the Wellbeing & Future Generations Act. The project focuses on Oskar Hansen’s ‘Open Form’ theory and the early work of Dutch Structuralists van Eyck and Blom. In response to the ‘Homes for Future Generations’ programme our study explores a polyvalent housing model, challenging current procurement and delivery methods. Social collaboration and engagement is the primary focus of the scheme, working with local stakeholders and communities to develop strategies for individual dwellings and communal settlements.
Our proposals create a low energy adaptable building system to create a shell for inhabitation, allowing homes to be modified over time to reflect people’s changing needs over a life-long tenure. It relies on community negotiation and shared ambition to create space that mediates between private and public use - the common ground.