BOASE – a supplement to the existing ways of urban living. By transforming contaminated urban areas, the settlement takes back inaccessible land. For people living a life with different approaches to work, place and privacy.
In modern society people of all ages are more likely to live as nomads. Life is lived as a series of events and phases. You work, you marry, you travel, you live alone, you study, you remarry…. Movement and mobility are fundamental parts of life that lead to more temporary relations to people and places. Intimacy and sensuality are important elements in a world where speed and distance are facts of life.
Contaminated urban areas are made useful again by cleansing the polluted soil with trees. Plants with powerful roots can fixate or eliminate pollution in the soil. 14.000 estates in Denmark are polluted from oil or chemicals. In Copenhagen there are almost 150 sites. They are all a danger to environment and the inhabitants’ health.
The place is an oasis in the city. In the urban context the forest becomes a structuring element that provides identity to its surroundings and serves as a navigation point. In the forest the hectic life of the city is put into perspective. The changing of the seasons transforms the place, the dwelling and the people – living in a forest in the city – between the trees, raised above the ground on columns, where you can touch the leaves and see over the rooftops.
The settlement is a process where the results of research on sustainability are tested. In time the settlement will grow and spread over the ground like the branches of a tree. Its growth is not planned because it is a result of various conditions; the cleaning of the soil, the growth of the plants and the surrounding buildings.
The forest consists of species from the original Danish forest: Oak and alder are planted in groups as the permanent elements of the forest. They grow slowly and give the place character. Willow and poplar clean the soil and cover the surface.
Willow and poplar grow quick, therefore every 4.th year they are cut down, so the roots are constantly active and cleaning.
BOASE offers an alternative way of living. The spatial principles build on the duality of the static and the flexible. The private dwelling is the static frame of the settlement. Several frames are composed in clusters and surround a communal area for each level. The communal area is the social heart of the settlement.. Here social relations are strengthened, even though most inhabitants live alone. This way, new communities can grow on the basis of a strong feeling of membership and sustainable commitment.
The realisation of BOASE contains four development-projects: 1.cleaning of the contaminated site (see illustration)
2.developing of solar-membrane, 3.developing of energy-accumulating façade and 4.industrial optimization of the private dwelling.
The outer façade is an energy-accumulating glass- facade with integrated semitransparent solar cells and temperature-regulating PCM-plates. The inner façade functions as both silencer and closet. It is highly sound absorbing and the closet is accessible also from the communal area. Both the inner- and outer facade of the private dwelling can be individually composed with shutters. This gives a great degree of spatial differences concerning light and view.
The private unit is a prefabricated industrially optimized product. Thought as a piece of furniture and shaped to accommodate the human body. Form-moulded plant-fi bre plates cover the inner walls of the frame. The staircase binds the space together in a vertical movement. The dwelling is produced in a fabric and transported to the building site as a unit. This way the traditional waste of resources is prevented and the dwelling can be easily dismantled and reused or composted.