Maximal Housing

RIVP, 2002

Maximal Housing is an ongoing study within our office which explores the question of housing in direct opposition to the prevailing 20th century model of social housing which sought to reduce dwelling spaces to a minimum.

These projects were initially a response to the questions of the Paris Real Estate Management Office concerning the use and adaptation of housing. Why don´t architects address the question of use ? Why not try to create an architecture that seeks to fulfil uses, desires and new needs ?

The first project sought to create a contemporary apartment building that proposed large outdoor terraces while still remaining within the budget of publicly-financed first-time home owner programs.

The principles established here could also be applied to the restructuring of existing public housing blocks: clear out larger spaces within instead of demolishing the building.