Serene Dynamism

serene dynamism



World's End, MA


June 2013


Beomki Lee

This housing project is about a way how Architecture can respond to future lifestyles by introducing flexibility. Architecture by existence is typically a static response to the condition of human needs. The built environment has always dealt with similar issues of shelter and privacy.

However, this project is underpinned by the concept that we need to support the profession as a broader and more experimental industry, so that we can begin to define our understanding of Architecture not as an isolated building or response but as the way we frame our lifestyle. In order to answer the question about lifestyle for a dancer who is a client for this house, spatial flexibility has been considered and created.

This house adapts to seasonal flexibility, different activities, and user’s comfortability. The seasonal flexibility is achieved by the movable partitions and roof that control sun exposure. The house reconfigures according to the activities inside the house. There are two main programs – the living space and the performing space.

During summer time, the use of roof panels are maximized to prevent the house from heating while the walls open up to allow cross ventilation.

The movable partitions allow the performance space to co-exist with the living space, reconfigure to generate outdoor theatre, as well as generate a flexible living space by altering the dimensions of the activity spaces.