THE PLUG INN Dorm in iit

Illinois Institute of Technology / Chicago / USA

ACXT IDOM Master Thesis International Award / Selected for the 'III Muestra de PFC' by the 'Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo' / ETSAB's Master Thesis Honourable Mention / 2008

The campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago, needs to stop considering the train line as a boundary between the dorm area and the faculties, and to set connecting and supporting elements.

The PLUG INN offers permeability through a double plate system, where the enveloped space (sandwich space) contains the permanent programme to serve the campus and the building, so as to become both a passing-through area and a meeting point, whereas the upper plate becomes a naked mutable landscape based on the worksystem on time.

This residential habitat is developed through a system of capsules that are plugged in the upper plate, to the inputs and outputs of the structure and infrastructure. The caps are delivered as a standard GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Plastic) structure by train or trailer, and are properly placed thanks to a mobile crane. The cap can rotate over itself to adapt its use into common spaces (kitchen, dining, lounge, social shed, stairs, lift, etc.) located on layer N1, as well as private on layers N1 and N2 (dorm), that are gathered in colonies of twelve dorms, that share common caps and outdoor spaces (in-between) like the wifi laundry or the vending area.

by Carles Sala