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                                                                               -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EUROPEAN DREAM
International invited workshop in Debrecen, Hungary

Project description: The aim of workshop was to discuss European aspects of villa architecture and to develop new "European Contemporary House" designs. Our concept was to research the possibilities of common European living standards, wishes and dreams of European inhabitants. The goal was to discover how European society, though influenced by globalism, still keeps its own living philosophy.


Project was exhibited in
Brussels Faculty of Architecture  29.5- 18.6 2013.

Location od workshop: University of Debrecen, Hungary
Duration of workshop: 14.-18.5.2012
Workshop organizer: Foibos, Czech Republic
Aarne Niemelä, Eva Prelovšek Niemelä, Eszter Tusán, Márton Nagy


European dream is to live in a pleasantly dense district with good public transportation connections, with public facilities nearby like kindergarten, school, health care center, elderly care center and small scale shops. European wants to live in a town nearby well protected open agricultural land, where he can have all the advantages of the organized city and countryside at once. He wants to know what kind of food  he is eating (preferably of local origin) and he wants to have choice.
European is conscious about his energy consumption- therefore he prefers low-energy house. For him a house is not a temporary solution for living but his life- time investment. He needs to reorganize the interior of his home several times during the growth of his children therefore the solution for him is to build a "loft" house: house as volume instead of a surface.

LOFT HOUSE in a dense district
1. DENSE VILLA DISTRICT: houses are attached to each other to save space, make dense district and to provide public services.

Less facade: roof is the main facade. This is optimal for heating with sun, natural illumination through roof and pv- electricity production.

Allows flexibility and rearrangements of the spaces according to the current needs of the family.
- flexibility in section (house is a volume not surface)
- flexibility in floor plan (spaces can be divided into separate rooms or not)

- free flowing floor plan- fixed cabins with installations (bathrooms, kitchen, etc. ) are placed as cabins in the central space. Areas around are free to be inhabited according to the needs of the family. Open surface stimulates communication between family members.
- gallery floor- possibility to move older children upstairs when they want more privacy, or to organize home office, guest rooms, etc.

4. SKIN:
house contains of a skin protecting for weather and is independent of interior space settings. Skin is designed universally, in industrial- like prefabricated way. Is consists of load-bearing beams with prefabricated sandwich panels. Structure is of low cost and quickly set.

multi- functional concrete floor plate which is a load bearing foundation of the house and at the same time it contains all the installations and heating systems. Ventilation absorption is put in the ceiling of high space to make it efficient and of low cost.

all the fixed furniture and installation facilities are designed as prefabricated cabins. They can be industrially prefabricated of laminated wood and brought to the site to be quickly plugged into the installation cores.
There are introverted peaceful areas inside of the housing blocks. Small patios are providing pleasant shadow for the summer, bigger are catching sun and protecting from the wind.
House has got a small garden attached to it to make it possible for private vegetable or fruit production, garbage composting and small scale outdoor activities. CAR patio.

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