Urban Regeneration Project


EFdeN VATRA aims to create a sustainable and affordable housing model that empowers single-living people by forming a community. The intervention is to be easily constructed and adaptable to different urban scenarios and multiple usage cycles, featuring a close connection between humans and nature.


Today’s Social Structures


Single-Living Apartments

According to a survey by Eurostat, single adult households without children rose by 20.3 % between 2010 and 2020.

Tackling the idea of future living scenarios- single-person households, 3 typological modules are single-living apartments. Also, to regain the connection with natural elements and enable personal food production, the last one is a private greenhouse module that is to be attached to each individual living unit.

The Epidemic of Loneliness

VATRA - A Co-Living Idea

Data from the European Commission in 2018 shows that 30 million European Adults reported frequently feeling lonely. That is 7% of Europe’s population.

VATRA is the core of our concept. It is the space wherein a traditional Romanian house the family gathered, but also the place where the community met within the traditional village, a place full of joy, dance and stories. By placing the common spaces in the center of the building, people are to enter them before entering their private units, enabling interaction with others. Just like in the hearth.

Efficient Urban Regeneration

VATRA Algorithm

As the revitalization of urban building stocks is the key focus of the SDE21/22, the VATRA design strategy consists of four different modules that could be combined to suit the typical European urban scenarios.

We tried creating a general approach in the form of a design algorithm, that we are currently developing. It is inspired by Bin Packing algorithms and its purpose is to generate for any kind of site optimal space configurations using these modules.

Design Strategy Implementation

To determine the viability and applicability of our general solution (the VATRA Design Strategy), the proposed design strategy is used in response to a local scenario (Mirke quarter). It responds to the needs of specific users (people living alone) regarding social interaction and efficiency within the built environment. At the same time, it enhances the well-being of the occupants and the quality of the neighborhood through the nature integrated design.

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