Yueqi Li
Inter 6
We built a 1:5 prototype in wood representing steel and further studied the construction details regarding structure and the sliding mechanism. 
We drew up 4 particularly interesting scenarios as we investigate in the versatility of the system. No.1 is apt transformation from a family home to a rentable flat adapting to use change over time No. 2 minimizing floor and wall movements and activate space at different times on a compact footprint No.3 hybrid program and neogotiated boundaries No.4 is a cluster of units of  live and work sharing communal areas, whose potential in shaping up an alternative mode of life is fully explored in the final project.
Going forward to Shenzhen, a new born metropolis known for its rapid development, vibrant contemporary life, and a number of tech startups, the city's demographics include an emerging young entrepreneurial social class who suffer from long daily commute to work, lack of interaction and sense of community because of the prevalent tower typology, and fixed spaces unable to adapt to changing situations, such as business expansion and family growth.
The site of the final project is located in the center of Shenzhen directly on top of a metro station. Using the critical sun angle at winter solstice, four courtyards of different volumetric dimensions are generated to serve three functions 1) light sources and 2) open outdoor space for community clusters 3) circulation centers for the living units. A separate circulation path coexist with the courtyards. These linear paths provide the highest efficiency and easiest navigation and serve the work units.
This exploded axo intends to show all of the above while capturing the density and volume of the project. with 15 floors each measuring 100m x 250m, it provides on average 35 units per floor with a total of 525 units accommodating 2600 to 7800 people depending on the time of day, a density 40 times the average which is 5201 / sqkm. in order to serve this amount, the building goes one floor underground to fully integrate with the metro station.
in detail here is an example of how with a minimal amount of sliding movements the occupants can transform the space from live to work configuration and vice versa. zooming out a bit and looking at a cluster of live and work units, we can more clearly see all five elements of this alternative mode of life: 
-community over singularity: a courtyard is shared by 3-6 live units with internal views
-low rise over high rise: a courtyard never serves more than three levels of units so a home is either on the ground, 1st, or 2nd level regardless of the actual location within the 15 storey structure
-privacy as well as publicity : courtyard served by private lifts yet ground level completely integrated into the city
-high global density and low local density: 40 times the average globally, locally individual bedrooms measuring 10 sq.
- work and live combination : minimal activity footprint that creates newer opprotunities for interaction and eliminates need for commute.
Sectional negotiations to allow transient light channels, ephermeral sky lights, and temporary double height or open spaces.
Animation: my role as an architect is no longer protruding into people’s lives, rather it is to enable a new model of life that adapts to changing situations.