Project lll : The Collective Habitat "Opportunistic Housing" by Panittra Eawsivigoon

Public Housing

Following through from the previous phase, the proposed habitat is to implemented on a realistic site and explored of the potential of its existence within that site. With the concept of the habitat being a given modular grid to be uniquely customised by inhabitants to encourage the joint of differing social status and interests to interact, the site selected is the Ratchaprasong intersection district that mediates between the shift from the high-income area around the Sukhumvit road, towards the lower income locals among the shophouses towards Petchburi road, this concerns both residential and commercial functions that pre-existed within the site.


What can be noticed within the site is the potential of opportunities. The overlapping of functions such as circulation where the different transport system overlaps, the opportunistic utilisation of space by the vendors within the existing site and the way the architecture begins to overlaps or grows vertically as a way of coping with the lack of space in the present modern context.

As a proposal for the issue of space and the concept of blending in with the contrasting site, the already flexible module can potentially 'grow' within the existing structures of the site, acting primarily as a structure of support for predictable future additions of increased road levels and secondarily as a public housing unit that situates within the intervals of the square structural modules. With the structure growing on the site, it aims to create both physical and social interaction with the site, following the concept of unity between existing functions, or creating a sense of community.

Exposed form allows for interaction between the public housing and preexisting context whether it is a self-reliant structure that creates space for new commercial or transportation purposes or a continuation of the structure that it attaches to. Perhaps in some cases it could also create a space for a vertical garden which is very limited in the urban context.

Interaction is not only emphasised in the building scale but also the unit scale where the units are connected physically and socially with its adjacent neighbours, depending on how the inhabitant decides to customise the wall material for desired opacity and interaction.

Rotatable shading device model using the same structure as the unit that extends out to provide a attachable facade module.