Studio 47


Djordje Stojanovic

This studio is available to students enrolled in ABPL90142 Studio C, ABPL90143 Studio D, and ABPL90115 Studio E.

Studio Description

Studio 47 will engage with clay and timber building materials and digital fabrication techniques to design a prototype for a multi-unit dwelling in collaboration with the Robotics Lab and Makers Space at MSD. Rather than designing a single building, students will create a building system that is replicable, expandable, and scalable.

Focusing on the architectural design, we will open lines of investigation into building materials, construction or assembly techniques, and spatial organisation. We will:

  • Explore the potential of natural materials and machine manufacture in the transition toward post-carbon society and the pursuit of housing affordability.
  • Employ engineered timber for its tectonic potentials, structural properties, acoustic and thermal insulation qualities, and assembly advantages.
  • Use clay to create perforated and porous envelopes as buildings’ interface with the environment.
  • Minimise the dependence on concrete and other environmentally adverse building materials in the construction of multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Explore the potential of automated construction and modular components to empower occupants to create and change dwelling space according to their lifestyles.
  • Explore advantages of unitised building systems and off-site construction.
  • Design for the entire lifecycle of the building project.
  • Incorporate the economy of construction work and building maintenance into the architectural expression.
  • Include logistics and assembly processes as design drivers.
  • Design comfortable and healthy dwellings but not limit ourselves to the existing housing typologies.
  • Make efficient use of space and focus on spatial adaptability.
  • Design for the emerging forms of tenure and ownership.
  • Enable communal use of spaces and design to help create communities.

Studio Outcomes

Along with architectural drawings, the main expected outcome is a 1:20 scale physical model or high-resolution digital model, demonstrating the architectural qualities of an innovative multi-unit housing prototype.

The proposed site area measures 25x25m, and the height limitation is eight storeys. No excavation is permitted. The structure should provide a diverse living space for 100 people, across 4 units for nuclear families, 5 units for couples without children, 5 units for single-parent families, 4 units for extended families, 5 units for singles and 3 units for group living. The remaining floor area is for access, the car paring of up to 8 shared vehicles, storage, services, and communal amenities such as the shared roof garden, flexible working space, kids’ playroom, or the tool library.

Students are marked individually but will work in teams on the research assignment (week 2-3) and the final project (week 4-14) with the possibility to change teams between assignments.

Studio Leader

Djordje Stojanovic is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Belgrade and founder of 4of7 Architecture ( He is an ARB certified architect in the UK since 2001 and has worked for several high-profile design offices in London. He holds a PhD from the University of Belgrade, a Master of Science degree from London School of Economics and a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association. His research interests include design innovation in collective housing and architectural design of communal spaces. He is interested in how computational techniques, digital fabrication and robotic systems enable more efficient space usage.

Readings & References

Red brick and tinted concrete, Glass reinforced concrete slats, Round houses of raw earth, Tropical Space, Three Residential Towers, Robotic brickwork, Life Reusing Posidonia, House K, Unfinished House, Lacol, Five 3D-printed concrete houses, Nerima, Primitive Future House

Schedule Mondays 09:00-12:00 and Thursdays 12:00-15:00

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