The subsequent instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living series options a notion for a modular balcony technique created to encourage excellent relations among neighbours.

Entitled Social Balconies, the project was created by solution designer and current Design and style Academy Eindhoven graduate, Edwin Van Capelleveen.

The notion consists of a pair of modular elements that connect pre-current balconies, producing shared spaces among neighbours for communal activity.

Social Balconies concept by Edwin Van Capelleveen
Van Capelleveen’s proposal aims to encourage social interaction by connecting balconies with staircases and bridges

Modules come in the kind of a staircase to connect apartments on a variety of levels of a constructing, and a bridge to connect apartments subsequent to every other.

The technique also comes with planters that can be attached to the railings of the staircases and bridges.

“Planters can be incorporated to make the constructing come alive, and to spark interaction among residents,” Van Capelleveen stated.

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Social Balconies concept by Edwin Van Capelleveen
The technique comes with attachable planters offering a prospective point of interaction for neighbours

Van Capelleveen told Dezeen the notion was created to encourage “social cohesion” for men and women living in apartment blocks in urban locations.

“This living notion areas itself among co-housing and a private way of living,” he stated. “It delivers a a lot more delicate way of implementing social cohesion for the masses.”

The designer told Dezeen that he was interested in balconies as a car for innovation inside the living space.

“Balconies caught my eye due to the fact even when the climate is excellent, they are seldom utilized for something other than hanging laundry,” he stated.

“This created me consider about how they could be utilized to tackle the problem of social isolation in cities.”

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Van Capelleveen believes that style can assistance men and women to develop communities, thereby tackling social isolation and loneliness.

Social Balconies concept by Edwin Van Capelleveen
Van Capelleveen’s project supplies a hyperlink among co-housing and private residencies

“We have to discover how we can reside alongside every other, and not just subsequent to every other,” Van Capelleveen stated.

“My style creates a space to make connections and minimises social boundaries by connecting the apartments. The added space is intended to develop a sense of belonging in a compact neighborhood.”

This film is aspect of Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a collaboration with MINI Living exploring how architecture and style can contribute to a brighter urban future by means of a series of videos and talks.


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