tutor | pierre hage boutros
The studio worked on the design of a co-living space in a multi-story urban building situated in the neighborhood of Khandak el Ghamik, in the Bashura district.
Co-living as a form of accommodation that mixes communal facilities with private areas, constituted an opportunity to reflect on the general nature of the threshold. Threshold, between a neighborhood and another, between private and public real, have, as spatial devices, various configurations; they also imply specific codes of behavior, and set of rules that regulate entrances and egresses.
A visit to the site allowed the students to have a firsthand experience of the spatiality of the building, to gain a better understanding of the neighborhood and to meet its inhabitants. A research on the general topic of dwelling was initiated, narrowing on co-living spaces. In each case the students tried to visualize, through diagrams, drawings and models, the (shifting) limit of the public/private boundary(ies).
Based on his (her) findings, each student then proposed a specific program for the site, defined a user group and explored a number of possible layouts. A preliminary study was produced integrating the conceptual approach, the spatial proposal and the graphic representation. This proposal was then developed in a comprehensive set of drawings that documented the interior design project at various scales.