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Michelle Widjaja

ID: 1470

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One of the biggest issues in this decade is the limited availability of lands, as people from all over the world gather in emerging cities to create business opportunities. As the demand for space increases, so as the costs. Nowadays, an increasing number of people have begun to see the benefit of living small and implementing the minimalist lifestyle in their agenda. By living in a tiny space, it doesn't equal a limited life. The limitation of architecture purely takes place in our mind, and in this tiny home, we are pushing boundaries and experimenting with possibilities.
This project aims to create a home that solves the scope of global and local issues that places a significant role in our lives.

Living in a small space encourages us to only keep objects that place an important part in our lives and this philosophy is correlated with our current pandemic situation. Since the financial crisis caused by covid, a lot of people from the productive age were cut off from their jobs and this caused drastic changes. Nowadays, more and more people are re-evaluating the importance of their spendings and only investing in things that matter. Therefore, the shift of living in a tiny home is an appealing option for a lot of people.

Pandemic forces numerous homes to function as a food stall. In Indonesia these shops are called “warung”, it is commonplace for people to grab a quick bite and have a chat with their neighbors. Moreover, it is also considered a communal space to keep the community warm. However, as a lot of these shops have shifted into the online food delivery business, plastic packaging is widely used without the appropriate process afterward. As architects, we should use the existing waste as a creative outlet. Sustainability is a huge part of the recycling process and reducing the unprocessable materials is not enough. The idea is to create a breathable translucent facade using the unrecyclable plastic boxes, moreover, creating a green vertical garden that provides for the family’s need and as a place to plant greens for their culinary business.

One of the most crucial issues in Jakarta is the yearly record of floods that flushes into citizens' houses. Most residents who experienced this event were people with lower income. Therefore, this tiny structure provides a solution by resolving it with empty gallon drums hidden underneath the wooden deck. Houses will be located on the wooden panels and the adaptive decks can float when the water level increases and stay on the ground while it’s dry.

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