Darman Johnny Khatari



Architecture & Housing




“Why can’t we shop for a house the same way we shopped for dinner?”

Worldwide, where ever it may be, we as people every day as we age, populate and evolve are required to make various living changes to suit each person or family. Our lives are rapidly changing and developing and so does our housing requirements develop too. Most people whom anticipate spending years if not decades in a new built home are likely to have accommodate changing needs over their lifetime. An increase in children, family expansion, home offices, hobbies and changing taste are only a few examples of causes for readjustments. Whatever the intention is- adapting a home to new life phases can be time consuming, difficult, and quite expensive. So what is the problem? Why can’t we shop for a house the same way we shopped for dinner?

Urban areas around the world like Australia, people are experiencing many problems related with the need for the readjustments. Many architectural precedents have attempted to resolve one or more issues but have neglected others. The Underlining problem is that most of the architecture remains to stand as an expression of permanence, related with poor attention to building design and high consumption of energy and materials through refurbishment or demolition. Architecture designed for today not for tomorrow, a model that is repeatedly rolled out continuously creating this sprawl of suburban problems which ultimately making each building inflexible, unadaptable and unaffordable.

The answer lies in adaptability in architecture. The project aims with the concept of adaptability to withstand flexibility, time and cost efficiency. Adaptable housing addresses the ongoing lifestyle changes without the need for demolishing or substantially modification to the existing structure and services. It is important that adaptable housing is realized as a system with conventional means to provide environmental, social and economic sustainable solutions. The concept of adaptability is achieved through the introduction of an external rigid truss structure allowing for both external and internal flexibility, and its flexibility parameters are then achieved through a modular system, such like a kit out of parts with multifunctional configurations allowing the user to add or evolve any space to their specific need.