Coherent existence is about being naïve enough to ask simple questions, in order to provoke complex answers. It articulates itself by creating ideas that are expressed through drawings, words and references. As an echo towards limited building space in central city districts, it creates narratives for collective housing typologies of the 21st century. 6 spatial experiments reflect the question of property in the dualism of individual and communal needs.
We are three prospective architects that are fascinated by the contradictions of urbanity and housing in the interdependency with architecture.
As a carrier of ideas, ideologies and values, we understand architecture as a medium of communication. Habits, needs, visions and expectations become direct form. We question those backgrounds and put them in historical and cultural context to deduce an architectural representation of our position towards it. By visualising and explaining the elements of the design, we reclaim architecture as a medium which is capable of going beyond the separation of theory and practice. Developing a project means to weave an accent into the urban texture. It is not one building or another that constitutes the impression of a city. It is the interaction of many architectural fractures as an integral part of the city.
Our projects interact in the very nature of city itself: as an eclectic mosaic of built environment. The vague and undefined becomes a parameter in the design, the typological character emphasises limitless reproduction. The possibility of transformation and recontextualisation of the proposals refers to the origin of those forms: human needs and habits that are not determined to a specific place. Still we think that it is important to understand worldwide phenomena to find answers for what is locally virulent. Therefore, the proposals will be located and examined in cologne, a one-million city that is located in the western part of germany. The city council of cologne has the self-imposed goal to provide 66.000 new dwellings by 2029. As it is a circular arranged city, the inner parts become highly attractive. The phenomen of rising rents and exclusion is highly present, so it will be the stage for the examination of our typologies.
The cell, the grid and the threshold define the spatial frame of our typolo- gies. But every frame needs its content to reach out for the big picture. There- fore, architecture for us consists of six principle elements which are linked within each other and through each proposal.
Idealism, exploitation, empowerment, uncertainty, possession, resilience