Building Apartments Together

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The Wikibuilding is a building that spans between digital technology and architecture. To build one’s apartment together with the architects of Fab-Lab Volumes is to begin the transformation of the conventional city on a small scale. It means experiencing the hybridization between the digital and physical. It initiates the testing of the contributive city and the sharing of the family apartment unit in Open Source.

New freedom

Apartments in the Wikibuilding will evolve with the lives of their occupants. Concretely, these apartments will include façades that are adaptable so that the amount and position of transparency and opacity can be chosen, and terraces can even be created. It will be possible to divide or enlarge one’s living spaces by grouping together housing units or, if needed, to create independent accesses to certain rooms. Interior partition walls will be built in such a way that electrical and digital networks can be unplugged easily in order to transform a loft into a studio apartment or a 2 bedroom apartment in a matter of hours…

Digital immersion

Immersive 3D digital interfaces, created by the startup UFO, will allow for inhabitants and even their children to manipulate different spatial variations in order to adapt them to their life projects. The direct connection with a digital manufacturing chain will allow for complexities and richness to be added into the initial design. The diversity of solutions can then be shared. From the very first educational visits to the Lineazen wood manufacturing plant up until the accompaniment through the design process by the Fab-Lab team, humane and collaborative relationships will be a common theme for the Wikibuilding project.

The Wikibuilding is a building that evolves with the lives of people.

Vincent Leroux
Public Health Physician and Founder of the Institute for Urban Health (ISU)

Accompagner la vie…

Individual logic, collective logic, and public interest all converge at the heart of the Wikibuilding. This is because its extreme adaptability, developed by researchers and industrial manufacturers, allows for major challenges to cities to be confronted in a bottom-up and decentralized way —challenges including aging, health, cohabitation, and new work conditions.

To control one’s own space

To give independence

A family whose children have left home can lend, rent, or sell a part of their apartment. Separated spaces can be made independent because they have their own dedicated accesses.

Living together

Owners as well as tenants can choose to unite two different apartments in order to live in cohabitation. Large spaces shared between the two apartments can accommodate common activities. New regulations for insurance and co-ownership will have to be invented…

Convalescence at home

The inhabitant can adapt his or her apartment to medical needs. A large bedroom could offer a comfortable space for physical therapy exercises. A second bedroom could be temporarily moved. A digital monitoring system could allow for more frequent contact with the doctor, via video conferencing.