The release of the project Xh system house to the public for open-source use was presented in the Pavilion of Slovenia, [Home at Arsenale] at La Biennale di Venezia in 2016. With this particular open-source contribution Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič aim to share knowledge and improve quality of life of many.
Open-source architecture has the potential to reach users that would never even think of finding an architect and starting a design-build process that can really affect a lot of territory and population. Open-source architecture offers potential for the process to go from generic to highly specific, and where user customisation means collaborative design. Unknown user and unknown needs and behaviour + unknown context (physical, climatic, economic, technological, material) = need for customisation.
XH SYSTEM HOUSE: HOUSE AS A SYSTEM
A small simple proto-house defines the basic unit of a system. It is a single storey volume with a central core and a set of XL windows that outline its particular appearance. It can work as a small home or a holiday-house, or just as one of several units within a larger aggregation. First, the number of units and the length of each define the scale and the final volume of the house. Second, the selection of the unit core type defines a series of possible scenarios, with specific users’ needs for small and large households. Third, a type of a specific version of the add-on (extruded window) or chosen facade & roof cladding further define the customisation and the presence of the house. Within a set of different decisions, the generic volume is customised to the user’s needs and specific context, and becomes one’s home or holiday home throughout proposing a compact spatial solutions. Xh system house by dekleva gregoric architects is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)