Joint runner-up: The Possibilities are Endless

Sibylle Metge-Toppin and Claire Chabrol

The provision of additional, overspill space with independent access and simple construction methods means we all wanted on – Toby Carr

The flexible space being inhabited by a young couple.
The flexible space being inhabited by a young couple.

To increase density in cities and tackle the problem of multi-generational living, Sibylle Metge-Toppin and Claire Chabrol focused on under-used suburban back gardens. The ambitious scheme claims to be an independent module that is a space for everyone, for everywhere and for every budget. As the title states, the possibilities are endless.

Two mobile partition walls (marked in red) divide the pavilion’s main space.
Two mobile partition walls (marked in red) divide the pavilion’s main space.

The extremely well thought out proposal uses a simple rectangular form to create a framework that can be easily adapted for various uses as the owner requires. Inside, the block is cleverly arranged with a shower-room, toilet and kitchen aligned along the far wall, allowing a large flexible space to be created along the entire front of the block. 

Axonometric projection showing how the pavilion is constructed.
Axonometric projection showing how the pavilion is constructed.

This space can be easily divided through the use of two mobile partition walls that are complete with integrated furniture. Depending on the position of these walls the independent pavilion can be a temporary guest house or a residence for a student, young professional or elderly couple.

The pavilion shown in its student, young professional and ‘party-time’ configurations.
The pavilion shown in its student, young professional and ‘party-time’ configurations.

 Of course the partitions can also be placed at either end of the space to create an arrangement that the proposal terms ‘party-time’.


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