From previous semester, we worked with what if questions, my question was a What if Red House by William Morris designed SANAA? but this semester what if challenge a bit was changed, we injected some different space and architectural elements such as a zoo, street garden, pool to sections of Unite d’Habitation designed by Le Corbusier and Torre David designed by Enrique Gomez. However, when we injected pool to Torre David some qualities in a section of Torre David should be changed, probably two or three floors transformed a pool but how?
Before the explanation of my what if questions, I want to have a short information about Unite d’Habitation and Torre David. Unite d’Habitation is most influential housing example in the post-war period. The building is a structure of the Le Corbusier well-known quate a house is “a machine for living in” and applied it to an entire community. The building looks like a self-contained concrete vessel that is structured like an ocean liner. It contained 1,600 residents, but it also boasts two shopping streets, a hotel, and a rooftop terrace. Its section offered a solution to housing projects, unlike other housing projects in the section there is no corridor on each floor, so there is different circulation and all residents have a each facade for the solution of light and air.
Torre David had an interesting story, it has remained uncompleted skyscrapers because of the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. However, today it was called vertical slums. 750 families lived in an extra-legal and this ruins became their homes, they organize themselves to provide for daily needs, with a hair salon, a gym, grocery shops, and more. For more information about Torre David, you should watch a movie about Torre David. I watched this movie at a festival three years ago and I was so impressed the movie:
The first question was What if the pool was injected to Torre David? In this challenge there is a need for three-story because under the pool there must be a technical volume, and shower, changing cubicle and sunlight. For providing sunlight I placed a pool to incomplete part of the Torre David, I also changed the place of the vertical circulation. Because of changing vertical circulation some of the offices also were changed.
The second question is What if the barn was injected to Torre David? That’s a real challenge, can you think a barn in a skyscraper? The first problem was a smell, for blocking a smell, there must a powerful ventilation. In section there a void between residents I completed this void with vertical circulation part and in horizontally I also try to create a continuous void with open spaces for air circulation (red parts). For transportation of fattening animals, I merged the car park of Torre David for using ramps of car parks but I increase the height of this space for truck transportation. In between these two blocks, the lift was placed. All animals have their own dwell, long community areas and feed storage for their happiness.
The third question was What if garden steps is injected to Unite d’Habitation? The street garden is transition space between house and street, I think that in vertical how is work it can be transition space between the different residents of Unite d’Habitation or same residents it contributed the new qualities of the Unite d’Habitation in terms of circulation and community areas.
The fourth question is What if staircase of Pompidou Center injected into the corridor of Unite d’Habitation? When I search to Pompidou Center, I was so excited the all structure of the buildings are in the facade. Then, I focused how the tunnel stairs are located inside of buildings so the corridors and the tunnel can be merged. With this merger, the circulation of Unite d’Habitation has more potentials but in result works there occurred the triangular spaces.