Design4D create architecture that engages the fourth dimension of time.
Using the Chronetik process, Design4D focus on aspects of the fourth dimension relating to community, identity, sense of place and creativity. This creates architecture that is greater than a building's three dimensional spatial qualities. The submission includes three projects from Design4D's portfolio each representing a different scale of their work.
The Kinematic Apartment is a 30sqm flexible live/work unit where the walls and furniture move to adapt the space to different uses over time. A red digital media wall is the focus of the apartment and can be rotated to serve any space. A monolithic black element functions as a kitchen, general work surface and cupboard at the entrance for coats. The flush white walls move to define space and conceal a bed, wardrobes, study and dining table/storage unit. (Completed 2009)
The Living Machine is a flexible event space which maintains the character and identity of an existing gas holder structure. Responding to the memory of the gasholder drum, which expanded and contracted as gas was used or stored, the architects proposed a kinetic structure that will change shape over time in response to different event requirements. This would be one of the largest hydraulic ETFE cushions in Europe. (Competition, under development 2011)
The Shell House is a new form of zero carbon housing whose curved green roof provides the aspirational ‘landscape' vista desired by many home-owners in a dense terrace layout. The Chronetik process guided the firms assessment of how a traditional terrace house in London is modified over time to meet its owners' requirements. This inspired the idea of a simple ‘shell' that could transform over the occupants lifetime to suit their requirements for additional bedrooms or even subdivision into flats. (Competition, under development 2013)
All the above projects have been recognised by awards. Founding director Nik Hilton is an invited fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was last year a judge of The Design Awards.