ORGANICALLY GROWN STRUCTURES WITH EVERCHANGING USES
FUTURE OF MEGASTRUCTURES

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Mycelium cladding with photovoltaic paint on shell lace structure and insulation. Smart, operable, thermo-responsive insulated glass windows, green walls, and micro-turbines.

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Today’s skyscrapers do not accommodate ever-changing uses, health, and energy crisis.

onE.GLobe proposes organically grown, flexible, and scalable live-work-play structures which can adapt to any condition.

 

Stress increases the risk of chronic diseases, the leading cause of death and disability at around 75% (Source 1a, 1b).

Improving human health through a thoughtfully designed environment is as important as energy conservation and carbon sequestration. We can also address all three goals with similar solutions, such as allocating large green areas, water features, and diverse uses in proximity. Nature makes people happier and healthier, and it also absorbs stormwater and can be used for renewable energy production. Therefore, we can achieve resiliency for both environment and society easily together. 


Amoeba Fusion aims to empower societies by providing a space for decentralized, innovative start-up communities. onE.GLobe considers the built environment a living, breathing, multiplying organism, evolving in nature with harmony. The structure can grow horizontally and vertically by adding new cores in different directions per site condition. It creates public plazas shaded and shielded by the building as it grows. A fully self-sufficient structure houses flexible 3D printed dwellings and workspaces surrounded by semi-open garden spaces and an atrium. Thirty feet deep floor plates receive daylight from the exterior and atrium and can conveniently be used as open-plan office space. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are distributed through modular floor plates, on which 3D printed modules are flexibly plugged in. 3D printed inflatable shells with indoor air cleaning plants house a plug-in kitchen, bedroom, workspace, and bathroom modules. The bridge-connected clusters have decentralized systems with the off-grid micro-grid integrating renewable energy sources and excess energy storage.

Compact layouts provide space for an increasing number of entrepreneurs, making them socialize and inspire near their accommodation. Eliminating corridors in dwelling units with an efficient design and replacing them with the garden space surrounding units achieve this endeavor.

The organically grown, flexible, and scalable prototype is adapted to the Manhattan skyline.

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Organically grown, living, breathing, and shape-shifting matters with sense engagements and adaptive uses

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Communal gardens surround dwelling or work units at every level

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Flexible and adaptable units with inflatable walls and indoor air cleaning plants

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Compact layouts provide space for an increasing number of entrepreneurs in the city to get inspiration from and socialize.
 

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3D printed shells house a plug-in kitchen, bedroom, workspace, and bathroom modules.

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Inflatable seats and metal structure allows the replacement of thin modules.

Eliminating corridors in dwelling units with an efficient design and replacing them with the garden space surrounding units achieve this endeavor.  

Amoeba Fusion New York is located in a General Commercial Zoning district in NYC with residential and commercial uses. The site currently accommodates six towers. This project explores a more resilient design solution for an innovative, diverse community in the post-pandemic world. Located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, bordering Hell’s Kitchen with countless restaurants, the site is close to various public transportation, universities, cultural spaces, and businesses, making it ideal for an innovative, creative crowd. Mixed-use commercial and residential buildings are allowed with a floor area bonus of 20% with a public plaza. With tower regulation, there is no minimum lot coverage requirement, and no rule regarding the distribution of floor area allows the tallest buildings in the city.

There are plenty of luxury residential buildings in New York City, but they don’t serve innovative young people and entrepreneurs. Co-living buildings do not provide proper workspaces within the facility. For these reasons, onE.GLobe aims to investigate ways to design long-term live-work-play environments for innovative young people and ease the effects of future pandemics with its efficient, flexible dwelling units and workspaces surrounded by semi-open garden spaces, atrium, rooftops, public plazas, and wet ponds.

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AmphISPIRAL

HEALTH, WELLBEING & MULTIFUNCTIONAL PUBLIC SPACE
FUTURE OF OUTDOORS

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Retail food stores and social life is hit hard in New York City by the COVID-19 crises. AmpISpiral aims to revitalize outdoor areas by providing space for food retailers, farmers, and people who would like to enjoy outdoor activities during these hard times. Structure houses diverse activities under one roof, such as food retail, picnicking, sunbathing, resting, and socializing. Its spiral shape resembles an amphitheater and presents an opportunity for the community to come together for performances. It is made of easily mountable sustainable material. Wood boards have six feet signs on them to show the safe distances between users. The sign is minimal but located on both usable edges of the wood boards. The overall design celebrates the dynamic and diverse culture of the city and aims to remain after the pandemic with faded six feet signs.

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WorkOut

HOPE, IMAGINATION, PURE JOY & PASSION

FUTURE OF REMOTE & HYBRID WORK

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WorkOut is a design proposal, shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival - Isolation Transformed design competition.
WorkOut is a worldwide network and an outdoor pop-up workspace with enhanced filtration and air cleaning systems for remote workers and students. It can also be used for leisure activities such as reading and writing. It remediates the effects of isolation on individuals by providing human-nature and random human interactions and global co-working and networking opportunities. It gives people the chance to step outside, socialize, and exercise while accomplishing their daily work-related goals. The biophilic design of WorkOut and exercise opportunities reduces stress levels, boosts positive feelings, and supports the nervous system.
WorkOut introduces work as a leisure activity and supports people to find their passion for life. Public scapes would be considered collective dream yards that people get inspiration from nature for their next big ideas to transform the world for the better.
There was already an increasing number of people working from home on a contract basis before the pandemic. During the pandemic, people tasted the convenience of working from home, and many would like to adopt this new normal with improved workspace conditions. Also, there is a strong emphasis and demand for entrepreneurship, innovation, and self-sufficiency to enhance the living conditions as the population increases. These show that there will be more and more people working remotely, although there are some challenges such as isolation, loneliness, communication, and collaboration. However, communication and collaboration can be overcome in time as people get used to new technological tools. Isolation and loneliness can be overcome with the occasional change of atmosphere and socialization in third places such as the outdoor workspace WorkOut.
There is an increasing consciousness on well-being at workplaces to increase productivity in response to a lack of resources and a highly competitive environment. With these realities, workspaces are designed with substantial footprints to provide various work, play, and rest places for employees while there is a shortage of affordable housing worldwide. Also, these workspaces with large footprints do not consider that an increasing number of people are going to work remotely as contract base workers. Vacant office spaces can be converted to affordable housing since many will partially remain empty, even after the COVID-19 crises. Some outdoor areas, such as parks and rooftops, can be the third-place alternatives for remote workers. Because many people spend most of their time working or studying, WorkOut would be a fair use of parks and open areas.
WorkOut is modular and re-configurable. It is flexible to add new functions such as cafes, bathrooms and adaptable to different locations at parks, open spaces, rooftops at co-living buildings, university campuses, innovation centers, and recreation areas. Each module can be rented for a period from an hour to an entire day. Two or three modules can be rented for a meeting or group work.
 
WorkOut has various sustainability and wellness features.
  • It is designed with sustainable materials such as FSC-certified wood.
  • It supports biodiversity with green walls, which is drip-irrigated with harvested rainwater.
  • It has an autonomous energy harvesting with transparent thin-film photovoltaic cells applied to shades and glass to produce electricity for modules. 
  • It has a waterless toilet and a coffee shop module with biodigesters converting waste to energy and fertilizer.
  • It has variable opacity glazing with electrochromic glass to reduce transmissivity by a minimum of 90%.
  • It has re-configurable modules to provide adaptability to different locations taken into account various space and daylight access restrictions. 
  • It has sensor-operated lighting responsive to daylight and occupancy to dim and switch off lights automatically. 
  • It has external automated shading with manual override to prevent glare and optimize the view. 
  • It has robotic architectural solutions to automate sliding and folding desks, doors, and partitions to minimize the footprint and provide a flexible environment to serve multiple uses, contactless access, and temperature assessment devices at entry points.
  • It has enhanced filtration and air-cleaning systems, natural ventilation, automated surface cleaning, and disinfection systems with spraying.
 

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