David Kretz & Vladimir Dianiska_first review

The concept for the section evolved directly from our terraced unit. The terraces were extended and used as a an artificial topography creating different situations to meet, to sell local products or just enjoying the river scenery on different levels. Establishing versatile visual conjunctions was a very important issue for the concept. On the right side the section is more urban with integrated small shops inside the volume of the terrace system. On the lower levels these shops can be directly tied to the use of the river. Fish and water related agricultural products can be sold here. On the left side of the section a series of terraced gardens are leading down to the river. The soil is stabilized through brick or concrete walls and the vegetation of the gardens. The walls lineary run along the river serving as flood breakers and pathways. The accessibility of the river is on both sides guaranteed through a simple wooden footbridge structure. Here we wanted to make the river less deep so artificial fish ponds can be installed.

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David Kretz & Vladimir Dianiska_Block

The organisation of the block is characterized through an orthogonal grid based on the messurements of the unit. The grid is 2.7m in square with small internal streets of 1.35m width. An important aspect was to preserve the feeling and atmosphere of the original block system by evolving its organisational structure. An important inspiration was the competition entry for a housing estate in Previ, Lima by Atelier 5 as well as the Siedlung Halen near Bern. Both projects operate on small scale level creating high densities and a variety of high quality outdoor spaces. In both projects the preservation of a human scale in architecture was essential. Even when the unit operates autonomous in term of water supply and grey water treatment, on block level we did organise communal water ponds for rain water collection. Through a drainage system these ponds further water the gardens. The composting toilets serve as sanitary installations for the bigger block.

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David Kretz & Vladimir Dianiska_Unit

The attempt was to create a simple, modular structure by using local materials. The newly designed unit had to match the vernacular appearance and the scale of the built homes in the kampung. The module is based on a grid of 2.7m in square. This represents one living unit which can be multiplied in every direction, horizontaly and verticaly. The strucuture is a simple column construction, where each ceiling is flexibly fixed in between them.To react to the flooding, we decided to provide multiple ceiling levels. Starting with a terrace where the building is grounded on, this topic is continued inside the building as well. That way the people always have a way to escape the flood to the next storey. On top a terrace with an additional unit provides shelter in times of extreme flooding.