The Growing Tree – Future Shelter for Young

Human lifestyle and behavior constantly changing throughout the years. The definition of home has been evolved. To achieve a more personalize, affordable, efficient and environmental friendly shelter, this proposal seeks to reinterpret and redefine form of living. Inspired by a growing tree, adapting to the changes of environment, the house grows depending on the aims and needs of its inhabitants. “a large tree, before growing into tall and strong, began small and fragile. Starting as something small, even temporary, the house grows.”

Over-priced houses has caused the aggravation of housing affordability in Malaysia. According to researches, most of the young people spend more than half of their salary paying rental of a house or even a room. Sentul, which is located in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, has been selected as site for this proposal. To overcome the issue of housing affordability, the research question of this proposal is: “how can architecture improve affordability and living quality of the temporary or unaffordable inhabitants in Sentul?” 


In this project, human architecture is explored through designing a simple living module. First of all, i believe human housing, whether is temporary or permanent, is for activities that cannot be done only in closed places, but require open, semi-open and closed spaces and the communication between them. Lack of design of spaces, the well-being of human and quality of life is limited and diminished. Therefore, in this project, the inhabitant is flexible in designing their own spaces based on the climate, culture, habits and needs. Life is a social activity, and people must be in touch so that they can help each other and make life much easier and better. Therefore, by having flexible openable walls create more social interaction opportunities for the inhabitants. 
                                    
Besides, human senses are explored to incorporate sensory design in living place. Every sense has the power to influence how we perceive the world and how we remember experiences. So, what if a space was designed with all five senses in mind? Would that make us happier? more engaged? more productive? It promotes a more personalize comfort level when inhabitants can decide their room brightness, temperature, indoor or outdoor etc. The model of habitat in the future is based on the non-definition of spaces and the multiplicity of uses. It is detached from the relationship between spaces and defined activities. The living place is now a neutral, undivided and flexible space where its limits are geared towards our belongings.

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