Respiratory Tracts
“Respiratory Tracts” works as an energetic and programmatic refurbishment prototype for XX Century post-war collective housing. It investigates the potentialities of air quality in architecture, understanding architectural programmes as a series of controlled atmospheres in terms of humidity, temperature, illumination, and air quality (IDA 1, IDA 2, IDA 3).
It proposes a non-plan array of rhizomatic collective spaces defined by Funicular Polygons of Revolution (Le Ricolais´s FPR) woven with PVC air ducts, which work as elevated public greenhouses amid the existing buildings. These infrastructures have the ability to collect, transport and consume energy, exchanging it between collective spaces — ranging from programmes with a maxiumum requirement of air quality (such as nurseries) to those with a lesser air quality requirement (discotheques) — and the individual (postwar collective housing).
These thermal-activated spaces, the “public clouds”, work as transparent zero-inertia spaces, in opposition to the existing housing, concrete structures full of thermal inertia. The new circulations and technical installations shared between the collective and the individual originates a mutation in the existing residential typologies, helped by the definition of a new thermally-activated façade system, increasing the unit surface and updating them within the new energetic policy.