Continuous/Discontinuous City

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Scenario: In a time of pandemic and confinement, there is a growing need for medical surveillance so isolation units are needed within the city.
Starting from Tadao Ando’s Rokko Housing I, the intention was to create a 2 story unit that houses 2 communities: the medical or “upper community” and the infected “lower community”. Ando’s concept of a “Plazza” as the “heart of the city” was translated on the unit to suit a confinement situation, as an internal isolated courtyard for each unit, and that would serve as the only transitional space between the upper and the lower communities. However, the Japanese concept of “Rojis” –or connectors between individual dwellings- was specific for the upper community, where connections and interactions are allowed. The same relations are translated into the machine: a series of rojis, connecting all the medical units to each other, and later on to the city, overlooking a series of internal enclosed courtyards, creating a continuous/discontinuous city. And to allow such a system to work, a stacking method following a series of walls of different directions, including the one existing on site, was adopted: a reaction to Ando’s one directionality.

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