Shelf Hotel: Revolutionary Approach to Modular Architecture | WebUrbanist


The Dom-ino House. From ramzinaja.com.

The Dom-ino House by Le Corbusier is one of the most recognizable images in architecture. The argument of the image is that buildings should be built on a light frame of columns instead of the traditional type with thick masonry walls. This would allow a building to be clad in any material desired. Architects 3Gatti did Le Corbusier one better. According to this post on Web Urbanist, they didn’t concern themselves with what went on the building, but what went on the flexible platforms.

The shelf hotel. From weburbanist.com.

The idea is that, rather than having a permanent program which would require expensive renovation if anything else was desired in the future, this building will provide a flexible framework where developments can be inserted over time and changed as needed. This incremental design allows for the best possible mix of uses and ease in redevelopment in the future. This provides what David Gouverneur would call an armature for flexible development and self building. It’s almost a formalization of what happened at The Tower of David in Caracas, where an empty building eventually became home to 2,500 squatters. This armature would make for an easier provision of services while providing for the flexibility, both in form and through time, that a community would need. A very interesting development.

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One Response to Shelf Hotel: Revolutionary Approach to Modular Architecture | WebUrbanist

  1. Lars Edvalson says:

    Helaman Halls dormitories at BYU were built this way in 1958. Eastern Oregon University built a couple of dorms in about 1970 using the same plan.

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