City Loft Sudirman
The concept of flexibility in architecture can divide into various topics depending on the residential building’s physical, mechanical and structural systems at the stage of planning, design and practice.
This classification can change depending on the bearing elements i.e. built-in elements (columns, slabs, vertical installation shafts, vertical circulation elements) and variable parts (non-load bearing walls, plane of working, display elements).
Archictecture describes flexibility as a method, which is depending on principles of construction and distribution of service spaces. He explains that the main components of flexible scheme are pre-planned relations between the loadbearing axis, loadbearing interior partitions, central heating, water and electricity services, main and service spaces. Ustun also notes that the adaptability is based on basis of planning and organization.
Room sizes, spatial relations between rooms, load bearing internal dividers, the perception of space regardless of function are the parameters of adaptation.1 The adaptability is to provide opportunity for reuse of residential space with a different function at any period of time. Obsolescence of function in residential space is a problem, decreasing the value of the building. The solution is changing use without changing structural components; in other words it is the principle of adaptability, which provides flexibility. The variability is to grow outward, to expand by way of modules. As it is understood from this point, the difference between adaptability and variability is the structural components coming into play and their ability to change.