a time-based renovation strategy for post-war housing
‘A warm & comfortable fur blanket for the giant sleeper’ is a time-based renovation strategy for post-war housing projects. The concept can be applied to projects where ownership is fragmented, and it will give the possibility to residents to customize their apartments according to their own needs, wishes and preferences. The ‘warm’ solves the technical problems of the facade, roof and installations and the ‘comfortable‘ gives quality to public and shared space, the possibility to use private spaces for different functions, create balconies and storage space & allows enlarging the living area. The personal choices of every resident will give visible identity form the outside to the building on apartment level. Residents can stay in their homes during renovation and internal renovations are not required, but new typologies are conceivable due to the framework. The blanket will solve the urgent problems of the housing blocks, and allows the residents to upgrade at a later time. The case project is typical 5 stories high Khrushchyovka apartment block of concrete panels in St. Petersburg in Russia.