Lauren Chan

Emerging under conditions of resource scarcity and overpopulation, MITOSIS is a revolutionary growing architectural system that provides temporary accommodations for the students on campus. Lifted into the trees, the elevated system allows for the continuity of the park below. The polymer-like aggregation of units is centred around the recreation facility and allows for natural growth over time.

The structural frame lifts the units into the trees, preserving the continuity of the park for the community. The elevated system integrates with the paths below by weaving overtop. Instances where the frame touches the ground create an interesting interplay between the structure and the landscape. These members also distribute water and energy to the units and remove waste.

Elevated platforms in fixed locations provide entry points into MITOSIS from the park level. These lifts also move vertically within the system acting as the main circulation within. Indications in landscaping inform where people can access a platform.

SmartUnits are made of an innovative material that allows for drastic changes in density and rigidity. The SmartUnit can expand into a habitable volume or compress into a walkable surface. Once expanded, a variety of furniture configurations can be programmed into the units to accommodate for different needs.
Each expanded SmartUnit can provide a space for sleeping and storage. The window opens to reveal a bedside table. The sleeping surface is covered in synthetic fibers.

Merged Units
At low capacity, merged units accommodate different functions in addition to sleeping. Intelligent surfaces morph into tables, desks, and seating to adapt to these needs.

High-Capacity Configuration
At full capacity, each smart unit accommodates one student. In this state, SmartUnits provide the basic necessities of accommodation. Fixed washrooms and circulation lifts are distributed regularly among the SmartUnits. This configuration maximizes the available space to house as many students as possible. The size of the smart unit ranges from 6-8m². Students can merge units into shared rooms.

Low-Capacity Configuration
At low capacity, the membrane reconfigures to house fewer students. Up to six SmartUnits can merge to create single or multi occupancy spaces. Furniture is programmed into the membrane to emerge from the walls and floors based on the occupancy of the unit. The SmartUnits in the circulation paths compress into a connected walkable surface around the newly configured units.

Indoor and Outdoor
Larger merged living units have more opportunities for varying program. SmartUnits can change into their compressed state to create an outdoor terrace. The entire unit configuration is open to the air to create easy access for drone deliveries.

Merged Units
A maximum of six units can be merged into one space. This particular configuration allows for four sleeping spaces, one workspace, and a communal gathering area.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.