Open Building connects concepts
Levels of Decision making
The concept of levels is the central idea
of Open Building.
Three levels of decision making are distinguished, being tissue, support
and infill. They are separated, yet co-ordinate.
The town fabric (tissue level) is of a higher level than the building
blocks positioned within the town fabric. Buildings can be demolished
and rebuilt, while the town fabric stays the same.
Systems and sub-systems
Within building blocks a distinction can be made between
the support and the infill.Systems and sub-systems. A building is a system,
consisting of many sub-systems, such as the load bearing construction,
inner partitions, facades, roof, plumbing, electrical and mechanical engineering
and so on, all installed by their own tradesmen.
Buildings contain parts with different
life-cycles, that need to be replaced independently.
Levels, systems, time spans and parties concerned should work together
in a coordinated yet decoupled fashion. Open Building seeks to create
the conditions to connect.