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Edwin Van Capelleveen

Department: Man and Activity

SOCIAL BALCONIES

WHAT
A modular system to connect individual balconies to one another. This communal space stimulates interaction, with planters further helping to spark contact.

WHY
Social isolation in cities is on the rise: up to two-thirds of urban inhabitants suffer from this. Poorly designed communal spaces are part of the problem, as are elevators that take people directly up to their door.

HOW
While travelling, Edwin van Capelleveen was inspired by apartments with communal gardens for people to relax, share a meal, or grow plants together. He realised that balconies, often used only for storage or hanging laundry, could be extended to create a practical, social solution.

QUOTE
These balconies transform dull, outdated facades into lively, inviting buildings.

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Photographs: Nicole Marnati