nabito architects: a desert green
nabito architects: a desert green nabito architects: a desert green
dec 21, 2010

nabito architects: a desert green

‘a desert green’ by nabito architects all images courtesy nabito architects

barcelona-based nabito architects‘ proposal ‘a desert green’, has won the total housing competition in abu dhabi.

the stairscraper is a superposition of individual singular garden houses with the same characteristic of  horizontal sprawl, but liberating the land and concentrating the uses and the energy. it is a social collective of individualities. the stair scraper is a complex 360 degree residence which combines common facilities and public spaces at different levels maintaining the intimacy of the individual space and privacy.

simulation of the stairscrapers

within an metropolitan setting

worms-eye view

full view

view of the triangular shaped terraces

model of ‘a desert green’

model of ‘a desert green’

rendering of the ‘stairs’ stacked and then fanned out and rotated

project info: assigned typology: private client: confidential assigned task: project design, site supervision, and security at design and execution project phase: on going collaborators: teo valli, agita putnina, isidora stecki, sandra stefanovic, furio sordini.

  • it’s just an horrible project.. fun concept but where is architecture here?

    durand says:
    read the entire project not partial images.
    visit the Nabito Blog.

    Focusing on Individual Needs in a Collective Whole.

    The contemporary housing is spreading Into The more complex and (broad) concept of HABITAT.
    Housing project is impossible today without thinking of something much more complex than simply the solution to meet a social need and right.
    The housing today, so also the motto “TOTAL HOUSING” of the call seems justified, it represents the idea of understanding a wider habitat, a system of complex social relationships with the environment in search of enjoyment of life, mixing different ambits, different uses.
    An habitat sensible to the singularities , designed for cultural exchange, uses, programs and activities in relation with work, communication and leisure. These human attitudes could not be more separate.
    The time of urban planning related to the division of time and space in 8h 8h 8h (hours for a tot m2 per person;time for work tot m2 per person, time for leisure tot m2 per person, time for the rest tot m2 per person) through which have been conceived modern cities with their standards, has given way during last 15 years, to the possibility of a match the activities between residential, recreational, educational, productive ,carried out in a 24-time continuum in which it is difficult to differentiate spaces for their activities.
    It’s easy to say that in relation to the contemporary change in the space-time conditions also change the structure of society and the peculiarity of mobility in an urban environment, a social space, more and more defined by cultural diversity, and multiplicity of attitudes and activities.
    The work space becomes for example an open space to many other possibilities and activated in a productive and at the same time ludic time not necessarily restricted in a specific area (space-time) of the day.
    So the investigation of a “TOTAL HOUSING” can not be reduced to the study of some typologies of different and flexible as it can be but rather should be extended to the environment of complicity with the urban complexity and complicity. Interior and exterior, intimate and social space, landscape and architecture, the habitat cellula and “his” sensitive relationship with the natural and urban environment at the same time.

    Questioning the relationship between quality and quantity is the essence of this radical research. THE Stair-scraper is a real provocation on the possibility of extending the housing to a Total Habitat sensitive to individual needs in a collective whole. So the passage from the private cottages to social cottages, maintaining individual and intimate space is evident.
    THE STAIRScraper IS a superposition OF individual singular garden houses with the same characteristic of the horizontal sprawl but liberating the land and concentrating the uses and the energy. It is A social collective of individualities. The stair scraper is a complex 360 degree incorporate all kind of common facilities and public spaces at different levels maintaining the intimacy of the individual space with the same quality.
    NAbito Press Team

    NABITO Press TEAM says:
  • DearDurand,
    I think architecture is a way of perciving and manipulate space through new forms of living… i really don’t understand your comment, is very superficial.
    I think is a greta project, inovative ambicious and funny too.

    eva says:
  • sorr but i don’t see anything new or any proposal. I’s just a stair, and also i can’t see how the individuals can relate to each other.

    hrm says:
  • Nice and simple. Interaction at many levels, with nature as well as between human beings. A bit expensive, but that’s secondary for me. A great idea.

    anyplace says:
  • hrm – well it would be ideal for Free Runners and/or athletic burglars to meet up, no?

    Love the way that large trees can grow on such slim platforms.

    Maybe it could spin and generate it’s own power (and SBS) too?

    Q: Would the wind spiral up and culminate its turbulence at the Penthouse at the top? Hope so ; )

    Reminds me of SITE (1980’s), but with a twist !

    Graham says:
  • deja vu

    rok says:
  • great idea, but for me to idealistic from realistic.
    what about safety & engineering factor.

    circle says:
  • Terrific. Powerful idea.

    denim says:

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