Can we plan a habitat not just for one or two, but for ten generations? A place that becomes the center of the world for each one of them?
The surrounding masos are a clear example on how human habitats are in constant transformation. Each important change in one family's life, or from one generation to another, altered the construction.
We are developing an open system that allows as many future eventualities as possible, in such a way that each step is complete in itself, and only a few elements can be moved from one chapter to the other: space stays and grows. Needs and times change. A home meant to last and adapt to ten generations. It cannot be a masia, but it learns from it.
Therefore we must use a very common construction system, that will be known in 20 years, but that can also be easily substituted by another. The interior is very small, we try to give as much outdoor habitats as possible: porches, patios, terraces, galleries, shades, orchards, playgrounds, huts.
We work with chapters of a construction process that has a continuity, not with independent phases. So the materialization will be a constant process, and we will just appear three times in it.
A plan for ten generations:
First chapter. Initial plan. 2015:
First chapter. Pre-construction evolution. 2015:
In this phase we explore the conditions of the smallest, cheapest, most versatile house possible. Bringing all legal requirements to the limits, questioning even the most obvious technical and services solutions. Most physiological elements can be easily taken out and moved to a diferent part of the house in the next decades. The rest stay in place so she only needs to spend money once.
First chapter 1:50 model:
Some windows might become doors, or just thresholds, in the future. Some might get a new floor next to them. In order to facilitate the next phase materialization, each new structure will relate to the existing ones thru empty space, by discontinuity.
Second chapter. 2020:
Third chapter. 2030: