Jimenez, Carlos; Wittenberg, Gordon
Master of Architecture
Tropical Domestic proposes a catalog of interchangeable architectural parts that when assembled together produce a number of unit-types. Tropical climates oscillate between intense periods of high temperatures, humidity, and rain which oftentimes coincide with varying terrains and vegetation patterns. Tropical Domestic puts forth the notion that a catalog which consists of structural-elements, facade-systems, and furniture-objects is able to produce a number of permeable units that adapt to and mediate the relationship between tropical exteriors and domestic interior environments. In doing so, Tropical Domestic challenges the use of hermetically-sealed housing types and suburbanization in the tropics. These unit-types invite the exterior to enter the home, and the domestic space to extend outward - each having a reciprocal relationship onto each other. The multiplicity of unit-types provides an adaptable,vital housing solution which can be deployed as a single unit or network, expanding the possibility of a catalog of building parts as a new form of tropical urbanization.