viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

G4 - Microarchitecture Evolution

G8 - Down Syndrome

" An old farmhouse in the mountains of Switzerland, which for generations had belonged to an alpine farmer's family, had been passed on to their direct descendants. These descendants, now living in the city, approached the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor in 1990 to modernise the house for their holidays, yet "without loosing its magic".
After a year spending their holidays there, the couple awaiting the birth of her second child, so they will do that this apartment your habitual residence. After nine months of pregnancy, born a little girl, but her dreams and projects are truncated when told that her daughter has Down syndrome.

From now on, parents focus their attention on the little girl. Understand the problems and needs of the girl is your first objective. After primary care, to promote the capabilities of the little girl to grow and develop without any problem. The property is undergoing change and adapting to the needs of the child, which gradually gets older "


In this picture I wanted to show the order that exists in a person with Down syndrome for which things always develop in the same way and they haven´t curiosity to experience if they could be done differently. Taking a picture as is the approximate gugalun section of the house with different rooms if we turn this picture into a puzzle and we suggest doing a "normal" child and a child with Down syndrome, whereas a normal child try to move the parts of place because being all the same form without looking too much into the original photo just to complete the puzzle, a child with Down syndrome would be fixed only on the image, because the procedure has been taught to make any puzzle, and go step by step until finally completing its shape fits perfectly with the original


G7_Estefanía Milla_Architectural Action

G7_Mónica Álvarez_Architectural Action

G7_Sara García_Architectural Action

Group 3 // MD // Loisa, Matías

Situation 1: Regular teenager banging the door on her mother´s face

MD children can´t afford the regular teenage energy outburst

 Tor, You can´t do that. No puedes hacer eso.

 Not today Tor, not today. Hoy no.

No personal space possible, frustration takes over.

Situation 2: using the available enhanced power of the wheelchair to achieve privacy

Overprotective mother pursuing children, she is faster and stronger.

Guillotine device activated by hitting or running by with the wheelchair.

The children can pass the 1,40m obstacle, mother can´t. (she could be she must respect personal space)

Usual situations and Architectonic solutions ( Evolutive home )


Its owner, an English parliament with high purchasing power. His disease, Stargardt. Degenerative disease of the macula. During his most splendid stage in parliament, the disease begins to manifest.
This meant that, unable to fulfill its obligations as he would have liked, was forced to leave his job and retire

The initial idea is to use this parliamentary holiday home as a primary residence after retirement. The house was also built in this way.

The house rose to integrate into the landscape due to its location in protected area. Its large windows are thought to enjoy its natural environment.


The property is projected using all the resources that can lead to help the user; it is he who during the evolution of his illness uses them in an intuitive way.

Considering, the disease degenerates and becomes acute over the years, not all resources we included, have utility since its inception: light, color and touch, are the main resources, elements that initially can be decorative random, help in the future be able to live with the disease.
Light and proper lighting is essential for creating any project and still more when they have difficulties in vision, stays lit and light guides to frame shapes and help to spatial vision.
What seemed a coincidence of color, with advanced disease helps the user to its location in space, differentiation of rooms and elements within these. The color tone within the same room can differentiate a door wall.

Finally the stage of partial or total blindness, the tactile stimulus is their only way of stimulus and perception. The use of floor textures that emulate the environment: smooth = safe area (green area, open space) and roughness = obstacles (rocky area) helps alert the user of impending danger.

Group 3_Muscular Distrophy

Six years have passed since Jørn Utzon´s dead. The family has retaken control of the house,

after struggling with organizations that claimed it to be patrimony of humanity, now they can

enjoy they house for themselves as a second house or shared family holiday home.

The family tree has spread, there are many Utzon grandchildren and many more great-

grandchildren, they use to spend some holiday time on the Mallorca´s house by taking turns,

although sometimes they overlap and it becomes a great family summit where brothers,

cousins, uncles and friends spend quality time in the sunny spanish island, away from their

routine and their cold, dark and depressive Scandinavian weather.

But now the family faces a challenge, an Utzon´s grandson: Timo and his wife Bjørk have a son,

Tor that has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They are reluctant to spend some holiday time in

Can Lis, because Tor´s dependency has worsen the last years, taking it to the extent that he

has to use a wheelchair most of the time, and he will continue losing mobility as time goes by.

Her mother is particulary worried about being away from all the specialist that Tor sees every

week: physiotherapist, doctors, nutritionist, occupational therapist, psychologist, masseuse

and the list goes on, they won´t be available in Mallorca.

Tor´s father, Timo, says there´s nothing to worry about:

-He will be fine… I have spent every summer in that house, you don´t need the doctors, you

don´t need wifi, tv or internet, the place is great: the views, the nature, the sun, the beautiful

house. Everytime I came back to Denmark from Can Lis I felt better, as if I refilled my batteries.

It´s going to be good for Tor, Grandpa Jørn knew what he was doing.

Bjørk is not sure about it, lately Tor has shown signs of rebellion, it could be due to the

frustration of his condition or because he´s a teenager, probably both. Sometimes it seems like

he´s just another kid that wants to play and make noise, but other times he seems distant, as

he needed some space and time for his own, to meditate and catch up with everything that´s

going on with his life. Bjørk is worried about how he is going to deal the presence of cousins

and friends during holidays. She finally decides they need to make some changes in the house

to make Tor´s stay more easy and pleasant, Grandpa Jørn knew a lot of architects, it´s not

going to be difficult to find one who can help them with their situation…


G6-Depression-Johannes Schneider

G4_Maria-Bonmati_Architectural action

jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Group 6_Depression

Maryam Rahimli

G4_ADRIÁN ANDRÉS BELMONTE_Architectural action

G3_Alejandro Rubio_Architectural Action

G4_JAIME SASTRE VICENS_Architectural action

G4_Story of the house

one of the many limitations of parkinson's disease.

José Veloz. equipo 1

Linda Findeiss - Parkinson - House Aktion Poliphile (Studio Granda)

Group 5: Alzheimer. U-house

The U-House consisted of two long corridors, one of which ended in the room of girls and the other through the kitchen and the toilet to get to the bedroom of the mother. Both riders were dark and led to light, a large window in the arch of the U. This multipurpose space - used to play, dine and meditating - had its walls and plaster ceiling painted white and covered with a carpet floor also white color. In light of this space was faded and offered soft textures, while an opening in the ceiling directed the daylight as a diagonal line drawn perfectly. Powerful lighting effects were reinforced by the immaculate whiteness of the interior, which seemed flat and without any dimensionality. It was like a screen where images and moving shadows of the family were projected. It was a projection space of the human being beyond his body.

It took twenty-one years since the construction of the house for the family was willing to reestablish ties with the outside world. The first to leave the house was the oldest daughter, followed by the young daughter who had developed certain aesthetic sensibility that reflected his interest in Kandinsky and later as director of a museum. The widow did not leave the house, because as musicologist enjoying his hobby in the echo of the bare walls. A few years later, he returned the eldest daughter, had a steady job and had rented a small apartment in the city center. Having no partner enjoyed his loneliness to get tired of it, so he decided to return to his former home, the U-House in which his mother still lived.

The elderly widow, upon hearing the news was beside himself glee, as though she lived alone and would receive multiple visits a week, she missed the warmth of home that gave them her daughters years ago.

Among the purposes that was the eldest daughter, the idea of modifying the house was growing hole in his head - the house was designed to overcome somehow lost his father to further unify the family and make it more bearable the life of his mother but that goal was already served.

The daughters noticed a chance to mother, had lost a couple of his garments, even repeating questions in very short time intervals. At first it did not bother them too much, an oversight anyone can have, but gradually became more frequent and decided to see a specialist. She was diagnosed with Alzheimers, was at a very early stage of the disease, but there was no solution, his mother had fallen prey to this disease which is just get used to it and learn to live with it.

Now it was necessary to modify the house, but not to the taste of the daughters or family together, but completely adapt to the needs of his mother. The Alzheimer's is a complex disease that increases your symptoms progressively and no solution therefore was essential information to the fullest and be prepared, the idea was to make life easier and comfortable for her elderly mother lives and not leave her alone at no time since gradually become 100% dependent person.

Pau González.-


Agustín Juan Castelló

Alejandro Abreu Hermoso- Parkinsons- House aktion Poliphile


Transitions in this house are too direct. They are following a straight line with some divisions, and each part is very defined. Even the accesses are blocked, and my idea is to redefine this limits, creating new transitions that conect the units and leaving more freedom for moving.

This freedom is the way used for increasing the authonomy of the child with this disorder. Each aim could be reached by different ways and it can save energy

Group 1: Parkinson's Disorder. House Aktion Poliphile. Story of House/Family

Proyect 4: Group 1
Escaping from the traffic noise of Wiesbaden, in Germany, the Koening family decided to fulfill their dream of living near the woods. In order to do so, they organized an international competition in 1989 between young architects. In the invitation, they made it clear that they did not look for "the world's most beautiful house, nor a house for an astronaut, a politician, a painter or a sculptor, but a house for an ordinary citizen."
House of Delia is a house of healing, of youth and of restoration. Therefore it will be a house of therapy.


the house that was once “for an ordinary citizen”, will now become the house for a person with a  neurodegenerative disorder

The Koening Family: (Parents with two children) have lived in the Aktion Poliphile House since 1992, last year the mother was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, aged 65. The Family have decided to make changes to their house, They know the disorder is progressive and their desire is to prevent the disease from getting worse.
They have contacted an architectural firm to make important and relevant adaptations to the house. Instead of contacting the previous architects (Studio Granda) they have decided to make contact with an architectural practice that has specialized in designing adaptations to houses for people with Neurodegenerative disorders. The Family has put importance on using the concept of house of Delia (health, youth, and well being) in the design of the adaptation, which is most relevant now more than ever. Now the family want to focus on the fact that even when the body is gradually affected, the mind will stay clear, and to give mother the means to keep her intellectually active and in control of the house’s appliances.

The Family believe it was a good decision to move from the inner city to the rural outskirts of Wiesbaden to avoid the stress of the city.