The Square Housing Units

Architecture Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Architecture, Building and Structure Design.

The Square Housing Units
by mohamed yasser

  • Awarded April 15, 2020
  • CLIENT: Mohamed Yasser Designs
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The Design idea was to study architectural relations between different shapes that are being composed together to create like moving units. The Project consists of 6 units each one is 2 shipping containers fixed over each other forming an L Shape Mass. these L shaped units are fixed in overlapping positions creating Voids and Solid to give the feeling of movement and to provide sufficient daylight and a good ventilation environment. The main design goal was to create a small house for those who spend the night in the streets with no home or shelter.

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mohamed yasser

Designer of The Square Housing Units


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Interview with mohamed yasser on The Square Housing Units

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The Square Housing Units. The design concept was based on research for the most common problem in developing countries which was how to afford proper housing especially for the poor and needy people. the main objective was to design a small economic and eco-friendly residential unit with the lowest cost possible, this is designed with the flexibility to add and subtract according to what you need and what you wish to design. The idea will use simple tools and materials with the ability of recycling, all of these units can be installed and furnished in the site according to the design. The Main formation of the units is derived from the Tetris game that depends on a specific unit shape which has the features to create different formations from this unit. each unit is like an L shape and they are all fitted together to create a shallow cube with central court-inspired from Islamic and Arab traditional houses architecture which provides privacy and airflow for the units to provide a natural ventilation system
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The main focus was to design a small group of housing units in a limited area without being crowded or not achieving privacy for each unit, I wanted to create a cozy housing environment that has its own privacy and design language, and this what I did in this project.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The challenge of the design was to create the most efficient residential units with limited areas for the homeless and the poor living in the streets in developing countries, as some of these countries have the problem of slums that deteriorate the cities' architectural context. The Units are designed to be fitted together to create geometrical shapes in shifting positions to benefit from small spaces of land and creating the largest number of units. The Design was an inspirational project based on studies and regulations and planned to be established in the future.
Who is the target customer for his design?
Basically the homeless, street children, and refugees, but also the project can be designed as a modern house for people who love innovation and relaxation
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
The Square it's driven from many things, The Main formation of the units are derived from the Tetris game that depends on a specific unit shape which has the features to create different formations from this unit. each unit is like an L shape and they are all fitted together to create a shallow cube with central court-inspired from Islamic and Arab traditional houses architecture which provides privacy and airflow for the units to provide a natural ventilation system, and the name means and refers to the inner square court that should bring all the units together, creating a cozy small community.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
first I used the hand sketches, then developed the concept on the google Sketchup, then the phase of the rendering I used the Twinmotion Engine to create the photos for the project.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The Optimal use of spaces and units formation and overlapping system
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
No, I only searched for the specifications of the shipping container unit then how I am going to apply the architectural design principles to make a sustainable design with the help of a number of shipping containers that will be fitted together to create the project.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
in this design, I studied the ability to use the nanotechnology applications in architecture to design a sustainable housing unit, this unit is eco-friendly and have a low rate of energy consumption with the help of good design and latest technologies in coatings and finishing materials that are able to keep the units healthy, clean and smart.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
The design is influenced by both, as during my master's research that was about the influence of nanotechnology in raising the healthcare buildings' efficiency, I got inspired by an idea that why shouldn't I try to design a small unit to be a house for many of homeless and refugees in different countries and apply what I studied about nanotechnology to be a sustainable house that could stay for years and won't be that expensive and also consider the aesthetics in design.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I decided to submit this project after I read about the A'design award competition and how it's an influential platform that will give me the chance to bring my project to the light and spread my idea about this design.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
I learned How to design small spaces well and how to achieve what the user will need with the smallest areas possible, also how to recycle and use products and transfer them into other useful and helpful projects.

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