Villa Røde: A Youth Home In Oslo
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In architecture the home is a central place. It is, in one way, the essence of what we design. It’s our safe place. It’s where we live with of family, friends, or alone. It is where we feel protected, yet free. To do exactly as we wish, to relax, to play, to eat, to sleep, to think and look out through our little holes to the outside. But not all homes are harmless, peaceful and happy places. Some are troubled, and not filled with freedom and safety. People might, or might not, remove themselves from that home - if they can. The question this thesis is trying to explore and propose and answer to is; How do you replace a lost home? Villa Røde is on paper an institution. But mostly, it is a house for a big family. 6 juveniles. 4 adults. The home has a square plan with an open courtyard in the middle, which connects all the common rooms visually. In three corners two juveniles sleep, and share a bathroom. Two adults sleep in the main floor. They enter their home through the trees surrounding the site. By the entry is a room for visitors that also function as as administrative space when needed. Storage space is located in the corners, to leave no space unused. Circulation flows in a circular movement in the open plan. In three corners are stairs to the loft, two small ones that can be used for guests, and one big loft which leads to the roof terrace. Villa Røde is a home that is open yet protected. The open spaces connect, the protected spaces define. Being at home is about feeling safe, especially in the presence of others. Open spaces relate to freedom. Closed spaces related to safety. Watching someone walk by in another room is sometimes all the connection we need. Villa Røde explores the possibility of creating as many different rooms across the scale - from open to closed, within a simple and easy-to-understand system. Sometimes we want to shut off from everyone, and sometimes we want to be out in the open, connecting with the outer world. And many times, we want to be in the middle. Where do you feel free, yet protected?