Flexible Space

Description
William Wurster”s proposal for The new house 194X’ competition was initiated by a short manifesto in which he lists the inherent and fixed problems of residential dwellings: unalterable areas, arrangements with permanent wall partitions, and a size that is usually limited to minimum initial needs and impossible to expand except at considerable expense. In place of these he proposes a fixed outer shell — an undivided space of 36 feet by 54 feet la total area of almost 180m2) which is raised one storey above ground level, with a long staircase arriving in the centre of the elongated plan. The principle here is not one of gradual expansion and addition, but of subdivision. Wurster starts with an abundance of inexpensive space that can then be adjusted over time. With this one-floor house Wurster uses the concept of excess space; space that is as simple and economical as loft construction and allows everything from maximum openness to complete division. Initially, the completely open space would be divided only by a completely prefabricated kitchen bay, bathroom and closets. Later on, with children, it could be further subdivided into a series of smaller separated areas or rooms through the addition of closet units. These, Wurster indicates, are factory-fabricated units for space division and storage. Two standard sizes in two heights cater for all needs: as clothes closets, as shelves for books and magazines, as a sideboard, as a storage cupboard for brooms and ironing equipment and as laundry unit. As with Corbusier’s Maisons Loucheur, Wurster offers additional space beneath the house for expansion: a space that can be the garage, a garden store, a social hall and /ora utility room. Plan
People

Architect

Civil Engineer

Client

Owner

Time & Place

Status

planned

Date

01/05/1942

Address

USA

Specifications

Floors

Floors: 2

Height

Staircases

Units per Staircase 

Units per Floor 

Units

Unit Area

Plot Area

Floor Area Typical

Area Total

Podium Area

Courtyard Area

Ground floor Area

Residents

Parking Spaces

Taxonomy

Organisation

1 appartment

Material

Structure

Usage

Housing

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