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(Team: Ana Luisa Rolim with students Hugo Santiago, Larissa Falavigna, and Maria Julia Jaborandy)

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Tri-plus symbolizes a flexible system of enclosed and open spaces, inspired by the significance of the number three in Chinese culture. The design features a 3.30 x 3.30m void system framed by a slim post-and-beam structure, serving as a hub for collective spaces such as greenhouses, gardens, and playgrounds. This layout follows the principles of traditional Chinese architecture, emphasizing axiality, symmetry, hierarchy, and enclosure.

Axiality is reflected in the layout's paths, varying in length to create a hierarchy of spaces. Symmetry is evident in the residential units, with central courtyards and washing areas breaking the symmetry. Hierarchy is established through the polarization of private components, while enclosure is emphasized by defined physical limits at both urban and housing unit scales.

The design promotes flexibility, with a two-story configuration accommodating residential units and allowing for expansion without altering green space coverage. Openness is integral, with private courtyards for each unit and various planting areas throughout, aligning with the importance of open spaces in Chinese architecture.

An interview with the author is available on the Bee Breeders web page.

The project has also been featured on Archdaily

Ground floor with collective productive spaces and residential courtyard typology

Tri-plus' rational

Tri-plus' key strategies

Diagram of public and private spaces on ground floor

Ground floor plan

Diagram of public and private spaces on 1st floor

First floor plan

Overall isometric view

Tri-plus inserted in a rural site

The typical residential unit reflects the traditional Chinese home: parents' and children's rooms sit in opposite ends, with laundry + bathroom in between, and kitchen + dining across from the living area.

Conceptual illustration of a typical residential unit

Model of typical residential unit

Section through typical residential unit

Sustainability diagram

As in the Chinese domestic tradition, the courtyard is the centerpiece of the house.

Tri-plus' perspective section

Ground floor modules: perforated brick wall, pig pen, greenhouse and vegetable garden + stairs / seating area.

Ground floor collective spaces

First floor productive collective spaces

Tri-plus inserted in a traditional urban setting

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