145 Ainslie, 2015

 

“In 5 to 10 years we will all work at home. But then we will need bigger homes, big enough to use for meetings. Offices will have to be converted to homes”

– The Generic City, Koolhaas, 1994

 

145 AINSLIE is a home + work complex for start-up businesses in various service industries.

Work and home are the two destinations of daily life and by putting them close together, the workforce is able to increase efficiency, but raises the question of what happens to the commute between the two elements where many unplanned serendipitous social interactions take place.

For both business and living, internet and many modern buildings have made the majority of interactions uniform and mundane (eg. skyping and emailing a client occur on the same platform as well as buildings that embrace repetition), these monotonous platforms do not promote further interactions. Therefore, this complex exploits its spatial nature to generate the possibility for diverse types of encounters for people.

The ground floor is conceived as a park, a constantly changing space where a variety of activities occur, from loud group meetings to quiet reading. These small businesses do not need designated office spaces since their work can be done anywhere, therefore the office dissolves into the ‘park’, increasing the chances of knowledge exchange, thus creating a landscape of encounter and opportunity beneficial to better living and working.

The ‘park’ expands vertically near the units to create ‘living halls’, similar to Roman streets filled with street furniture that encourage people to slow down. Each unit includes a small work table that can be opened to the ‘living hall’, these spaces are customizable by the tenants and create more interesting dialogue on the upper levels similar to the outdoor spaces on the ground floor.

 

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1. Dismal Modern Commute

2. Park Provides Variety To City Life

3. These People Can Work Anywhere So Office Towers Become Obsolete

4. Merge Park With Housing And Work

 

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