Open Building Projects

Open Building offers long life for buildings and a consumer-oriented process.

The practice of investing in buildings that can accommodate a variety of changeable occupant spaces – yielding long-term
asset value – is familiar in office, retail buildings and increasingly in health care facilities. Using OPEN BUILDING methods, it is
now possible to accomplish the same building performance in multi-family residential and mixed-use projects – in new
construction and the rehabilitation or conversion of older buildings.

The key principle in OPEN BUILDING is a strict separation between the parts of a building that are long lasting and difficult to
change because they involve all the occupants of the building (building structure, egress system, building envelope and main
mechanical systems), and the parts associated with each dwelling unit that can be decided by or for each occupant
independently without disturbing other occupants. This technical and organizational separation is accomplished by strategic
design decisions and by use of specific technical products and systems. In this new reality, large-scale real estate interventions
make simultaneous design of the base building and the user level impractical. Social trends towards individualization of use
make functional specification increasingly personalized. Greater complexity and variety in the market demand adaptation by
way of architectural components with shorter use-life, such as partitioning, ceilings, bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Residential open building projects are being realized with increasing frequency all over the world, not for idealistic reasons
but because of the need to respond to realities in the built environment. Developers like to build this way because it adds
long-term value to their investments, and allows their investments to remain competitive and flexible. Occupants- both
initial occupants and those that move in over time – like to live in these buildings because they can customize everything
“behind their front doors” as their life circumstances evolve.

For more information, please visit: http://www.open-building.org/ob/bibl.html

NEXT 21 Osaska, Japan

Banner Building Seattle, Washington, USA

Marco Polo Project Hamburg, Germany

Molenvliet Papendrecht, theNetherland

Arabianranta Helsinki, Finland

Gespleten Hendrik Noord Amsterdam

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