FLEXIBLE HOUSES

FLEXIBLE HOUSES: THE ROLE OF SPATIAL ORGANIZATION IN
ACHIEVING EFFICIENT AND FUNCTIONAL SPACE
MANI TRIPATHI
153701264
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, MAHE

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AIM: Analysis and understanding of floor plans of different house made in different decades and finding the difference in needs of the people now and then, to understand whether the house responds to the spatial needs of the people over time.
OBJECTIVES
• Studying a lifestyle of person to understand the use of a space.
• Understanding the inflexible spaces like bathrooms, kitchen in a house.
• Studying the changing requirements of the family.
• Floor plan analysis of case studies.
RESEARCH QUESTION:
Main aim of this paper is to understand functional efficiency by understanding spatial organization of houses in Varanasi. Understanding the already existing houses and whether the dwelling is able to adapt to the changing needs. This approach will help in achieving adaptability and flexibility between domestic space and life, and ultimately enhances the quality of living. Understanding that why do we need flexible houses in the future.
ABSTRACT
This study analyses the floor plans of the houses constructed in different decades. The houses constructed 50-60 yrs. ago are different from the houses being constructed now. Spatial organization in a house is important in order to have functional efficiency in a dwelling layout .Studying the placement of spaces to make the house flexible.
Flexible house will respond to people needs throughout time. It progresses from the change in residents requirements and promises adaptability to their living conditions. The flexible design will help the family lead more comfortable lifestyle.
KEYWORDS: Flexible spaces, inflexible spaces, adaptability, functionality.
LIMITATIONS AND SCOPE:
• Sustainable development will not be the focus while working on case studies or while finding solutions
• Research will help in understanding the existing floor plans and how flexible plans will help in making the quality of life
• The study will be limited to floor plan and material analysis.
• The study will have data collected from both primary and secondary case studies.

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METHODOLGY:

LITERATURE REVIEW
• FLEXIBILITY OF DWELLING UNITS IN MULTIFAMILY HOUSING THE CASE OF NHC UBUNGO AND GARDEN FLATS IN DAR ES SALAAM
The research papers main goal is to understand potential and capability for the dwelling units in multifamily housing in Tanzania to respond to spatial needs of residents over time. Various characters of flexibility has been analyzed in the paper .Detailed discussion on flexibility due to demographic changes, practical changes and personalization of the house.
According to the study in the research paper the houses in Tanzania doesn’t take the flexibility into consideration while building the houses. The houses are not very adaptable according to the joint families as when the people in families increases the privacy is compromised.
• “FLEXIBILITY” IN MULTI-RESIDENTIAL HOUSING PROJECTS: THREE INNOVATIVE CASES FROM TURKEY Albostan, Duygu
All the benefits of “flexibility” in housing are discussed under four main themes: “the structural system”, “the service spaces”, “architectural layout” and “furnishing for flexible use”.
Inflexible parts of the design of a building plays an important role in achieving flexibility. Structural system and the service spaces in the house are the permanent components. The study highlights the importance of working out different kind of design strategies and approaches that can help to achieve flexibility in housing design. The design of the fixed components of a building, its structural system, and service spaces are all-important.

• FLEXIBLE HOUSING: THE ROLE OF SPATIAL ORGANIZATION IN ACHIEVING FUNCTIONAL EFFICIENCY
Flexible housing grants a chance for residents to participate in the design of their dwelling and to arrange their living spaces according to their lifestyles and needs by creating momentary spaces during
the day and night time. The two case studies prove that flexible design helps a family to live life according to their own comfort as the design can be changed according to the changing demography of the house . In both the case studies the house are adaptable and most of the spaces are flexible in the dwelling
the day and night time. The two case studies prove that flexible design helps a family to live life according to their own comfort as the design can be changed according to the changing demography of the house . In both the case studies the house are adaptable and most of the spaces are flexible in the dwelling
• SCHNEIDER AND TILL (2005A, 2005B, 2007)
Flexibility is about accommodating change in housing, addresses a number of issues related with the current and future needs of the consumers. Firstly, it offers variation in the architectural plan of the units. Secondly, it consist of adjustability and adaptability of housing units over time. And finally, it allows buildings to accommodate new functions. In order to provide flexibility, we should consider the possible future needs of users during the design process; in other words, “long-term thinking” in the design process is required.
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Conclusion:
On the basis of the case studies above, it can be concluded that the old houses constructed in Varanasi
are not flexible enough for the people living now as in most of the houses had a lot of transformation happened or the spaces that are already present are not flexible enough for today’s lifestyle.
The alterations are also difficult in some of the houses due to space constraints in most of the houses the privacy need to be compromised to fulfill the needs.
Analyzing and understanding of floor plans of different house made in different decades and finding the difference in needs of the people now and then and understanding that the house does not responds to the spatial needs of the people over time.
According to the case studies we can see that flexible house is going to be an important concept in the future.
Since we can never predict the changes or the technologies that are going to come into our society we need to start
building houses that are flexible so that people can easily transform the spaces or change the function of a particular space according to the convenience.

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