Black Border Ateliar is a multi-disciplinary practice involved in urban studies and design formation. One of the exercises that BBA are involved with, is designing maps for third party organizations, as a tool to measure and understand infrastructural provisions. The maps below, depict infrastructural projects in Southern Nigeria (West Africa), that BBA have studied for scope, connectivity and efficiency.
Project 35 is an architectural proposal for a large site in South East Queensland. Due to the inhibited space and opportunity, an idea for an unconventional house with independent and guided 'niches' was developed. The house would adhere to site conditions such as wind, solar placement etc, while creating internal and external zones that would allow for 'independent zones' rather than an intuitive front and backyard without any separation or identity.
This proposal is essentially a synthesis of various problems that were encountered from conventional thinking. The previous house on the site was stretched along the North - South axis, without any articulation of the site or capacity for distinct spaces that could serve a family's needs. Project 35 presents self shading, with its angular nature, which also funnels the predominant winds from the South West, North and North East.
Appropriating the angular spaces for access and egress points, as well as storage spaces and transitional points, the inefficiencies created by an angular design is resolved. These angles are useful for severing vistas to create distinct zones, while guiding views were it is desirable. The way the house collapses from East to West also ensures that from the frontage (East View), the house appears conventional. The internal space is carefully delineated to allow for multiple outdoor zones, diverging from the family and dining area internally.
The house conforms to conventional principles suited for the subtropical context of South East Queensland, such as an East-West orientation and placement of rooms away from the West, with the exception of the Master Bedroom. Additional comments on the concept are found below.
T. Adeniyi - Architectural Technician & Urban Design @ Black Border Ateliar