A Garden Cloister Complex is a compound of hyper-dense single-story stacked private garden modules with limited inter-communal access. The modules alternate between open air volumes and sunlight corridors. This configuration prioritizes privacy and refuge in residential architecture regardless of wealth accumulation. The garden apartment is an alternative to the status quo drawer apartment: stacked living units with restricted light and air exposure. The latter typology is cause for heavy reliance on public green space, spaces of mutual distrust and defensive social tactics in an area of hyper media saturation and surveillance.
This proposal also scrutinizes the psychological effects of material intricacy as well as automated construction techniques in structures forming ornamented space. Medieval Islamic and Gothic traditions are referenced for their compatibility to contemporary additive manufacturing methods. Further experiments investigating unconventional 3D printed structures and materials concluded that permanent formwork could potentially act as structure, insulation, and a façade system.