The guiding principle of the selected design “Village in a House” considered the privacy needs of each individual, but reduced private space to a minimum in order to place a focus on common activities. There should be space to exchange opinions, to share cultural life and to make the community a lived reality. The selected project title, CUBITY, is made up of a combination of the words cube, city and unit, and is emblematic for this idea.
The area of the exterior volume is sixteen by sixteen meters; a translucent façade made of polycarbonate panels encloses the space. The four façades are all treated identically. Transparent glass highlights the corners and makes the exterior visible from the inside. On the inside, the spatial organization and the zoning have been set out without a specific orientation, so that CUBITY can react flexibly and be adapted to the respective site. Twelve living cubes have been placed inside the large volume which are not attached to the façade. The cubes are stacked pairwise and each has a base area of 9.5 square meters. Each cube is outfitted with a prefabricated sanitary module and built-in furniture. In this manner, optimized private cubicles could be created for a total of twelve people.
Their spatial arrangement is oriented on the façade, forming a square—the so-called market square—in the center. The market square serves as a freely adaptable space, a central meeting point and opens up various possibilities for activities. Semi-private intermediate zones are located in the space between the façade and the private living cubes, and smaller common spaces are located for example in the kitchen, in a lounge in the upper floor and its adjoining terrace.
The upper living cubes are connected to the market square by single-flight staircases. Just like on the ground floor, the entrances to the living cubes, which are located along a gallery on the second floor, are oriented towards the façade, so that a semi-private intermediate zone shielded from the market square is created here as well. In addition, a semi-private lounge is located in the corner of the gallery.
Viewed from an energy perspective, the 256 square meter net area of the hall also stands in contrast to the living cubes. In the cubes, each resident can adjust the temperature themselves individually in contrast, the hall, a weather-proof exterior space, can only be heated or cooled in certain areas. The interplay between the heated and spatially optimized living cubes and the generous, but not consistently heated or cooled common areas, reflects the sufficiency idea behind the concept.