Seetharam Vallabhaneni, 2017 (unless otherwise stated)
Location : Fifth Floor, Old Chicago Post Office, Chicago, USA
Built Area : 3,200 Sq. Ft.
Materials Used : Tensile Fabric, Dyes, Concrete, AeroGel, Wood, Glass
Keywords : Work, Living, Flex Space, Studio, Interior Urbanism, Adaptive Reuse, Fluid Spaces
Multiple Singularity is a work/live hybrid domestic setting that re-imagines the architecture of work and living spaces to better suit our contemporary lifestyle.
Through architecture, this project explores the dissolving boundaries between work and leisure while attempting to increase the permeability between these historically separate worlds enabling a seamless transition from one to another.
Users : A design-build duo of an Architect & a Contractor
Absolutely love their work. Look to work all the time. Spend a lot of time on their laptops. Constantly move around in the studio and seek flexibility and fluidity in their architectural environment.
Multiple Singularity is an exploration of a new kind of architecture that responds to the changing work-life dynamics. It proposes an alternate scenario for the live/work dichotomy where both these worlds begin to overlap. It explores the dissolving boundaries between work and leisure while attempting to increase the permeability between these historically separate worlds enabling a seamless transition from one to another. The title is also a reference to the context of this project within a huge floor plate of the old Chicago post office that houses similar work-live studios, creating a new urbanism of interior spaces.
To meet the demands of a fluid, flexible and seamless lifestyle of the users, a traditional rigid living room has been replaced with with a huge hammock that spans over the entire space. Traditional furniture has been replaced by extruded shapes of to complement the hammock. The shapes interact with the hammock giving rise to a new utilitarian landscape - 'Hammockscape'.
These shapes of various sizes and materials function as storage spaces and drawing or projection surfaces on the threshold level. On the hammockscape level they act as auxiliary working surfaces allowing for more flexibility and options for users.
Together they explore the potential for a new architecture that responds to the changing work-life dynamics and helps integrate them better.