Mind The Step The interventions we propose in the first stage focus on the areas that are annually hit by heavy flood and need to be changed immediately. Like in our earlier proposals we keep the greenbelt along the river and the step system inside of the Kampung; the first big step seperates the green area from the urban area. We widen the river to average 25m and lower the riverbank so it becomes very sensitive to changes of the waterlevel and is safe of beeing build on. Inside of the Kampung the topographical changes due to the step system are conquered by ramps and stairs, which control the traffic and create new open spaces at the crossings of the ne street system; stepping down to the river only stairs are used to keep the riverbank free of vehicles.
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Shoichiro Hashimoto & Benedikt Kowalewski_First Review
The Unit Meets The Block The unit-toolbox is now ready for action in the block. The modular units occupy now a parcel of land right next to the Ciliwung River behind the proposed greenbelt. In this frequently flooded area the ground floor contains just contemporary that can easily change its location during flood season. The ground floor also provides space for a sewage water treatment unit. Housing takes place in the higher levels. The different flats share one staircase unit and wet-wall unit, but every flat has its own bathroom an kitchen.The building cluster is two-sided. On the one hand the living units face the streets and the river bank and on other hand the private balconies and terraces face the inner courtyard.
Shoichiro Hashimoto & Benedikt Kowalewski_Block
Facing The Block We propose a terraced block structure, elevating to the center of the block, the mosque and the great market. Different steps in the topography define different floodlevel, organize the block, allow the sewage system to work just with gravity, make it easier to plan and structure evacuation. The Peninsula, that is hardly disconnected from the accomodation on the opposite riverbank with schools, administrative buildings and proper infrastructure becomes connected to the other side with two new bridges. The sub-blocks for the new modular building structures are defined by the terrace steps an the streets. Starting with a low density the clusters become more dense as safer the area gets from flooding. The new units can be easily integrated to the existing building structure due to their flexibility and their possibilty to be separated into small and autonomous pieces.
Shoichiro Hashimoto & Benedikt Kowalewski_Unit
Thrown In At The Deep End Construction-based thoughts lead us to the first idea of a design for a unit in the Kampung Melayu. Starting with a very small infrastructure module located in the base of the unit that should incorporate all basic functions like a sewage system and a fresh water supply we went on designing the unit out of very tiny modules that can easily be brought to the construction site by manpower due to the lack accesibility by cars or trucks. With our toolbox of different units like e.g. the staircase unit, the housing unit, the wet-wall unit etc. we want to provide a flexible and adaptive system that can be fitted to the very different building sites inside the Kampung.