Architectural Design: Dwelling Code
Infrastructure in a home is akin to a computer’s operating system. A collection of hardware – water supply, waste removal, heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, network connections, and sound barriers – service the resident’s biological needs and psychological well-being. Applications of the home – producing, connecting, eating, sleeping, and cleaning – draw on these technical systems in order to function. In other words, the dwelling code does not solely depend on spatial relationships, but also the relationship between spaces and their hardware. Applications can then be multiplied or adapted according to family structure and environmental conditions. A minimal dwelling condenses its hardware into a single unit to support the surrounding rooms and activities.