READY-TO-LIVE

PREFAB - 2010
Ready-to-Live is a quick and affordable solution for people seeking a customizable and readily-available designed space. BLANKPAGE's response to the concept of a prefabricated loft comes as a re-interpretation of the conventional form: a pitched roof covering a longitudinal 50sqm rectangular space. Operable shutters and roof system allow for different configurations of this space, ranging from totally enclosed to completely open to the outside. The plan is organized around an enclosed translucent volume that contains all services: bathroom, kitchen counter, as well as a storage area. This volume divides the loft into two zones of different areas, which can cater for a variety of programs. In a housing scenario, the shorter space to the left is used as a bedroom while the longer space becomes a living and dining area. Above the service volume, an attic can be used as an additional children or guest bedroom. Other scenarios include art studio, retail kiosk, gym, or exhibition pavilion. Ready-to-live can be adapted to a variety of contexts, from rural to urban and suburban. According to the situation and the user\'s preferences, the finishes can be personalized, creating unique material combinations. The main structural skeleton comes in Read More

Ready-to-Live is a quick and affordable solution for people seeking a customizable and readily-available designed space.
BLANKPAGE’s response to the concept of a prefabricated loft comes as a re-interpretation of the conventional form: a pitched roof covering a longitudinal 50sqm rectangular space. Operable shutters and roof system allow for different configurations of this space, ranging from totally enclosed to completely open to the outside. The plan is organized around an enclosed translucent volume that contains all services: bathroom, kitchen counter, as well as a storage area. This volume divides the loft into two zones of different areas, which can cater for a variety of programs. In a housing scenario, the shorter space to the left is used as a bedroom while the longer space becomes a living and dining area. Above the service volume, an attic can be used as an additional children or guest bedroom. Other scenarios include art studio, retail kiosk, gym, or exhibition pavilion.
Ready-to-live can be adapted to a variety of contexts, from rural to urban and suburban. According to the situation and the
user\’s preferences, the finishes can be personalized, creating unique material combinations. The main structural skeleton comes in a variety of finishes: chrome, black, white or silver. Internally, possible floor finishes include parquet, screed, and marble in a variety of colors. As for the external cladding, a choice between aluminum composite panels or various wood finishes allows for a maximum adaptation of the loft within the chosen context. A variety of systems are available to respond to the conditions of the environment in which the loft is placed. Those systems include: self-sufficient energy production through
photovoltaic panels and/or wind turbines, solar panels for water heating and an optional fireplace/barbecue. When applicable, conventional connection to the local electrical grid is possible. For toilet and kitchen operation, the loft needs to be connected to a water supply and sewer system. In addition, several aspects of the design encourage an ecological lifestyle. The ground surface of the loft is elevated, thus protecting the living space from the elements. The use of natural materials, such as wood, aluminum and steel as well as rammed earth or green walls, is maximized. All external enclosure systems are insulated, and double-glazed windows on either side can be opened, allowing for cross-ventilation. Driven by our belief that architecture enhances the quality of our life experience, Ready-to-Live is a present-day contribution to a more pleasurable living.

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