In this paper, a conceptual approach concerning architectural design of openings (mainly windows) in façades of
adaptable dwelling units is presented. This approach stems from a design objective, which aims at providing user flexibility
to adaptable dwelling units by utilizing moveable, modular, lightweight partitions, which can be re-arranged in
various layouts, providing a number of interior space sub-division alternatives to suit personal dwelling needs of future
The initial design of openings' location and span in façades bears direct impact on the future utilization of such
moveable partitions within the adaptable dwelling unit. This is due to the fact that the possible location of dynamic partitions
is derived, among other design constraints, from the location and span of existing openings in façades, next to
which partitions cannot be placed. Therefore, the initial design of openings' location and span should try to fit a number
of presupposed preferred solutions, which reflect future possible sub-division alternatives of the available dwelling
Two examples illustrating the conceptual approach are brought forward, summarizing, in the first example, openings
of six alternatives concerning one specific façade of an adaptable dwelling unit, and, in the second example, five
alternatives concerning two specific facades of a second dwelling unit. The connection between building type, floor plan
geometry and adaptable dwelling space is also addressed.
Keywords : Adaptability, Dwelling Units, Flexibility, Openings, Partitions.
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