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Emma Alisa Aaltonen

MA work

Mews in the Sky

Homes aren’t built for people any longer – they are built for profit.

During the course of the housing crisis we seem to have forgotten the value of space and the quality of our homes. ’Mews in the Sky’ is investigating how to create a range of successful homes which are responding to peoples’ needs and desires in a vertical space, and an attempt to design a range of successful spaces in hopes of creating a successful community.

‘Mews in the Sky’ is a new paragon for living. It is introducing the natural community that a mews street creates into a vertical space. Every floor creates a mews with five different types of homes along it. Inspired by the space standards ‘Homes for Today & Tomorrow’ written by Parker Morris in 1961, the homes are designed on the base of the wants and needs of five different types of families in five different stages of life. The homes are designed to serve the entire lifespan of a person, from a baby to a pensioner and the building has the potential to act as a forever home for an individual.

‘Mews in the Sky’ focuses also on the space and the connections between the homes and the key moments which eventually create a successful community. The mews transforms from private to semi-private into a public space. Every home has its own private garden along the mews street located just outside the front door. This will encourage people to spend more time outside their homes and desirably to make connections with neighbours and others passing by along the mews street.  Alongside the homes and the private gardens, a range of communal indoor and outdoor spaces are located throughout the building in the end of each mews street. These will act as an extension to the home environment. This will also encourage people to visit other mews streets on other floors, in hopes to create more connections between the people throughout the building  eventually creating a successful and vibrant community.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Interior Design, 2016

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2014; FdA Interior Design, LCC, University of the Arts London, 2013; Construction Engineering Draftmans Degree, RATO Engineering College Helsinki, 2011
  • Experience

  • Design assistant, Selfridges Co. Store Design, London, 2015–16; Internship, Vallila Interior, Helsinki, 2013; Internship / Design Assistant, Shaun Clarkson ID, London, 2013; Internship, Harper Downie, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Winner of South Kensington Pedestrian Tunnel Competition, 2015, with Connection