Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Polikatoikea in Oporto, Portugal by Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares
February 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares
‘Polikatoikea’ seeks a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). The project is an (almost) politic move that seeks the densification of the city through a low-cost construction targeting a young and unattached client. (On a conceptual level) the project attempts to provide an idea that fights the ‘desertification’ where, in face of an unstable economic conjecture, the low cost appears as a possible (and affordable) solution. Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares.
The backyard is seen as the basic element of the proposal: it is abstracted and repeated on every floor unfolding a series of new public platforms. New terraces are proposed above the previous rooftops using simple structural solutions, offering more square meters to the city without leaving the plot. In these new places density is created by placing individual capsules, bubbles of private space. Thinking about japanese metabolist principles, which seem increasingly current, the capsule becomes the ‘house’ filling all the contemporary basic living needs.