The Hive

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    Exterior Render
    Isabella Ieraci / Luca Ricci
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    Parti Diagram
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    Section Drawing
    Isabella Ieraci / Luca Ricci
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    Material Assembly Diagram
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    Bedroom Pod Section Drawing
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    Exterior Render
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Author(s)
Isabella Ieraci
Luca Ricci
Project Date

Situated in a hypothetical post-pandemic world, The Hive addresses the changing typology of public buildings and group housing through the lens of a student residence and explores what it means to self-isolate within a community. Made up of a series of modular towers that can be positioned on any given site, the concept of the building draws from the Japanese Metabolism movement, treating the building as a living, breathing entity that is able to live and die. The plug-in dorm pods can be removed depending on the number of building occupants, reducing the building's energy footprint when less occupants are present. The pod system also allows the building to adapt and take on new roles depending on the program needs of the surrounding community, such as a hospital, quarantine center, refugee shelter, or hotel, with each tower acting as an inclusive, universal space that can adapt as needed to the changing world around it.