project description

Resilient Nest is an innovative dwelling solution on the rooftop that uses nature as its conceptual model: how does a bird build its habitat? The aim is not only to effectively fabricate and adapt this model into urban context, but also to add values to our existing built environment. In this regard, Resilient Nest can provide a symbiotic relationship to the existing building where it rests by sharing the energy, food and water that is produced. The shophouses in Bangkok, one of the most common building typologies in the city since the past, serve as an example. Due to urbanization, many of them are being demolished to build more multi-story residences and some are left abandoned. Resilient Nest will help to rejuvenate these shophouses and make them livable again.
In this way, shophouses lifecycles will be prolonged and conserved in the long historical tradition for future generations.

key features

Resilient, in this project, represents the ability to adapt and prepare for future economic, environment and climate shocks.
Resilient Nest’s affordability divides its construction into four phases. Modules can be built slowly, starting from the roof in phase one on to phase three, based on budgets and economic planning. Also, the objective is to design a rooftop house that is adaptable through its modular system, an attractive feature for different contexts in other worldwide urban environments. The modules are flexible enough to swap and adaptable according to sun paths and climates.

Nest is the representation of the concept of a bird’s nest.
The main concept emphasizes lightweight, local material and mutual symbiosic relationships.

applied innovative technologies

  • Resilient Nest uses Rubberwood, a light-weight and locally available material. Normally, it is used in manufacturing furniture, pallets and toys. Resilient Nest, on the other hand, enhances its properties through thermally treated (thermal wood) and glue laminated technologies for building construction.
  • The energy monitoring system helps reducing energy usage by sending data to the adaptive smart controller, which analyses the data input and automatically adjust the power usage of each equipment accordingly.
  • The refrigerant from the compressor is used to heat the water in the preheated tank to reduce energy usage.
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