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Students residence for Caracas : building with containers under the concept of co-living

Jorge Gregorio Tannous Georges

Students residence for Caracas : building with containers under the concept of co-living.

Rel. Carlo Deregibus, Fabio Capra. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, 2017


The Venezuelan capital serves the most prestigious universities of the country with the highest amount of students enrolled, many coming from other regions even without the availability of dorms in the city. The lack of student housing in Caracas has been an unattended problem that is affecting negatively the life of the undergraduates and their decisions when enrolling in a university. The aim is to propose a model of student housing for the city keeping a high quality architectonic value by the use of recycled shipping containers. Using the Central University of Venezuela with the highest amount of enrolled (around 62.513 students) as a target to settle the buildings in its surroundings, not intending to cover the whole demand (around 7.000 students) due to spatial reasons, the project approach is to study the impact this residence have on the students life, proposing, at the same time, a cost effective building.

The project involved the analysis of different topics as, Co-Living concept towards the social interaction on its spaces, cost effective for optimising the use of resources and the modular construction system using shipping container as the module.

The results showed that the residence should be conceived by cells, having each one the possibility to be independent but connected at the same time through each others. According to the structure, even if the containers have certain structural capacity to support each others, when assembling them in the project, a metallic frame will be needed for space diversity and durability of the building. The project shows an increase of architectonic qualities comparing it with other projects of low budget due to the optimal use of sources after the research, even if the containers meant to be a limitation factor for their rigid structure. This project could be use as the starting point to build a plan of a students residence network along the city and possibly the country attending the high demand each university has.

Relators: Carlo Deregibus, Fabio Capra
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AL Buildings and equipment for education, scientific research, information
A Architettura > AO Design
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città
Classe di laurea: UNSPECIFIED
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/6320


1. CHAPTER ONE: Caracas as a University City

The capital city

Caracas universities and its students

The student residences

Actual situation

Hypotethical strategy

2. CHAPTER TWO: Student Housing

A new stage

What are students looking for?

Characteristics of students residences

More than just residences

About their location

Study cases.

Park View Student Housing by H KS Architects

Residenza Universitaria Olimpia by Marco Meneghetti (EDISU)

Campus Twenty by Felix Claus and Kees Kan

Jowett Walk Balliol College accommodations by MJP Architects

Student Housing by C.F. Meller Architects


The relation between students

Concept characteristics

The role of architecture in the social aspect

Functions and circulation as common spaces

Study cases.

Roam by Alexis Dormer

Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl

Tietged Dormitory by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

LT Josai by Naruse Inokuma Architects 

4. CHAPTER FOUR: Cost Effective

The cost and the building

Why cost effective?

Design and cost effective

Construction and cost effective

Study Cases

Residential Building in Av. Libertador by Fruto Vivas

Office and Training Centre by Heinle, Wischer and Partner

Social Housing in Monterrey by ELEMENTAL

Snabba HusVastberga by Andreas Martin -Lof Arkitekter

5. CHAPTER FIVE Modular Construction: Containers

How does it works?

Why to build modular?

Economic benefits

Sustainable construction

Containers as a module

Characteristics of the shipping container

Aconditionating the shipping container

Study cases

222 Jackson by ODA

Proposal for Hexagonal Pods for Homeless by Framlab

EBA51' by Holzer Kobler Architecturen

Cité a Docks by Cattam Architects

CHAPTER SIX: The Project




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