Malgorzata Mader, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
ECOmunnity FACTORY is a multilayered project, which raises the problem of post-industrial cities and possibilities of turning wasted structures into livable, forward-looking housing areas. Third biggest city in Poland- Lodz has been facing this problem since 1989 and the fall of industry after post-communist structural changes.
As a city created particularly for industry and its development, Lodz’s urban tissue includes many factory complexes absorbed into expanding downtown. In a constant fight for generating new functions in industrial buildings, one-space, big production halls are often being demolished regardless of the value. Project shows how seeming difficulties can be turned into advantages and how flexible, production hall`s space can become ecological co-housing.Ecommunity Factory (PDF, 23.79 MB) »
Four prizes were awarded in the Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years. This category has become increasingly popular and seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to achieve recognition. For the first time in the history of the LafargeHolcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category. The two top prizes of the European Next Generation category went to Poland. Malgorzata Mader plans to transform an old factory building in Lodz into new flexible-use living space. Jakub Grabowski won the second prize; he plans the restauration and adaptive reuse of a dilapidated historic building complex in Otyn. Anna Andronova from Russia received the third prize for a virtual model based on Kazan that aims to propel sustainability into the digital realm. The fourth prize went to Frédéric Bouvier of Switzerland. He proposed a structure that could help fight forest fires in the Collobrières region of France.Read more »
The author proposes to covert an abandoned factory building into a multifamily housing ensemble in an industrial neighborhood of the city of Lodz. A new wooden structure is inserted within the existing steel frame, establishing a careful balance between the old and the new. The individual housing units are distributed to create an alternating sequence of outdoor courtyards and indoor living spaces, with trees irregularly dispersed throughout the building complex. Spatial qualities unfold from the juxtaposition of the existing large-scale factory structure and the small-scale framework of the new housing units. A range of measures are additionally introduced to increase the building’s ecological performance, while foregrounding community-building via participatory processes, ultimately giving credence to the author’s vision of an “ecommunity” architecture.Read more » Czytaj więcej (Polish) »
Trying to re-use existing architecture and avoiding its demolition should be one of the main concerns when designing for cities. Eliminating the demolition process reduces pollution and cost of investment, and often saves historical value. Ecommunity Factory is showing how to activate post-industrial plots in a simple way. Wooden skeleton is designed among existing steel structure and reinforced concrete walls of an old production hall from the 1960s. Each housing unit is connected to the roof to obtain good lighting conditions. As the design is divided into existing “outer shell” and “inner frame” structure, the building process is shared into two stages: adjustment of production building and never-ending stage of formation the evolving living space.
Most of the multi-family housing buildings are designed and built without any involvement of future residents in the building process. In this project, inhabitants take action in designing their own living space. Each housing unit of Ecommunity Factory is made of wooden I-beams and insulation – the technology that allows changes to be applied at any time in the future. Existing factory “shell” represents the community gathered under one roof, housing units reflect specified, individual needs. Shared space creates a field for activity of inhabitants, as well as a meeting place for local groups. The strength of future societies lies in “cooperation in diversity”. Architecture should allow for the expression of individual needs together with common goals of society.
There are several levels of ecological approach in Ecommunity Factory. First is an idea of using a nonecological factory as a mean to create a green-futuristic way of living. Second is creating the “space in between” as a ventilated thermal buffer between interior and exterior. “Space in between” is filled with plants and wood that creates healthy environment. Third layer supports the idea with technical solutions. Each housing unit is connected to flat-plate collectors for solar water heating and rainwater harvesting. Factory space allows for cultivation of plants, roof terraces can be equipped with greenhouses.See more
By focussing from the beginning on transformation, a factory conversion delivers sustainable and affordable urban …
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