"FreeDOME - the post covid office-home"
“freeDOME bioPOD is the place where both nature and humanity coexist in harmony through the smart use of technology”
Environmental. freeDOME is an holistic project spacing from the micro scale of micro-housing to the macro scale of territory regeneration. It is a proposal for shifting our impact from destructive to regenerative. Referring to biological and ecological principles, “freeDOME project" is aimed at re-qualifying and connecting urban, peri-urban and/or rural under-used spaces, through an integrated smart system based on intelligent vehicular Pods and Camps where people can connect and share, grow their own food and develop a new form of work-life environment that can lead to a more inclusive, healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle. This system will reduce the traffic to and from city centres, the consumption of fuel, water, energy and land therefore our environmental footprint. The project operates on two fronts to promote a sustainable technological dimension towards a non-fragile and integrated habitat model: freeDOME bio(mimetic)Pod and bio(philic)Camp
The bioPod is a fully self-sustaining autonomous shelter and a smart mobility solution in the form of a novel living + working system for “millennials and new nomads”, fully off-grid and capable of generating its own energy, supporting flexible and highly integrated and networked living style. The shells will function as a smart and green solution for accommodation, work and commuting, facilitating internal mobility and sustainable integration between humans and natural habitats.
COVID-19 kept us in psychological and physical isolation.
It seems now more and more necessary for our living and working environments to become smarter, more responsive, more flexible, and adaptive to the new social and technological changes. Equipped with the necessary safety instruments, our houses will have to help us to connect instead of segregating us from each other and the natural environment.
The mobility challenge opens therefore, together with the issues of sustainability, flexibility and interactivity, the new scenarios of the future living.
3 LEVEL OF SUSTAINABILITY
Social+Economical. Lower employment levels and smaller incomes have left younger Millennial (gen. between 1981-1996) with less money than previous generations. For this social class, owning a house and a car is not a priority anymore, giving rise to what's being called the "sharing economy”: instead of owning they prefer to live in more flexible, adaptable, shareable and resilient environments within vibrant walkable urban or peri-urban neighborhoods (NewBurbs) and their houses are often used as places to connect, work, buy or studying online, mainly remotely and from different locations (teleworking). With the fast growing young-urban population, new strategies must be found for creating the places where they can live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future. The purpose of the research-project is designing a multifunctional and inter-connective bio(mimetic)Pod and bio(philic)Camp for all (especially millennials) where to live, work and think, while acquiring healthier and sustainable behaviours, fulfilling the need to belong to a community and reducing their ecological footprint.
“I might have nothing, but I’m proud of my shell” (African Vodun, Blier, 1995).
“Freedom of movement will drive human progress." Henry Ford
FreeDOME bioPod represents the future mobile shell for sustainable, free and semi-nomadic lifestyles, in particular for young remote workers, with many benefits for both
human and urban metabolism.
"Live wild. Work out. Be free"
freeDOME bioPOD allows us to reduce our ecological footprint.
Energy is self produced and water is reused. Light and recycled materials. The spherical shape reduces thermal dispersions and allows the efficient rainwater collection in the tail.
freeDOME bioPOD allows a more fluid, adaptable and flexible lifestyle.
Moving, escaping from danger, connecting with the territory and with people, creating flexible, strong and self-organised communities will allow to live more connected, healthier and safer lives.
The volume changes based on the users' objective requirements.
freeDOME bioPOD is a minimal shelter adaptable to different place and needs.
Thanks the the openable wings and inflatable balloons it can provide additional space, energy and shadow, so the user is free to work or relax from wherever he wants with however he wants, respecting the 1.5m security distance!
ADAPTABLE & INCLUSIVE
freeDOME bioPOD is for any users and uses. It can be used as a studio, micro-home, show room, office, cafe, classroom..by remote workers, professionals, photographers, students...And most of all, It is designed to remove physical, communicative and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in community life. Especially them, need freedom.
INTERACTIVE & INTERCONNECTIVE
The interior changes based on the user's emotions. The emotional sphere is the ultimate objective that the house of the future will have to reach, by interacting and adapting to the user as an extension of his body, through sounds, colours, lights.... The Pod is the self-intimate space, where the individual nourishes and protects their subjectivity, emotion, language and culture. Then, through its own acculturated body, he will socialise and connect with communities, locally and worldwide.
The two resulting bubbles on the opposite wings can be utilised for COVID-19
isolation for two people, meanwhile allowing them to connect with the natural environment and other community members.
bioPOD micro unit (w*l*h) 240*300*280 cm = 7.5 sq m (closed), 15 sq m (expanded)