NEW WAYS OF LIVING TAILORED TO CHANGING PATTERNS OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
By using relations as the generator for design, built space can become a tool to facilitate how people can either meet or retreat by defining the borders between the public and private realms. Boundaries are the means to generate both privacy and community, so a range of devices across interior and exterior conditions defines the relationships between households and even between members of the same households. Prefabricated solutions are envisaged, with the potential for customisation by inhabitants. These include:
NEW PURPOSE-BUILT SHARED HOUSE
Purpose-built shared home for small groups of people that fosters a feeling of “being at home” and nutures a micro-community amongst renters.
CLUSTER FLATS FOR OLDER GENERATIONS
Clusters of flats developed around different levels of private and shared spaces for a more collective life. Combines HAPPI principles with potentials for cross-generational overlap.
REINTERPRETATION OF FAMILY TOWN HOUSE
An update on the traditional townhouse typology, in response to the changing nature of family structures and working patterns, with the increase in adult children returning to the family home in the face of the housing crisis.
Intimate Homes is an R&D project that explores new models for accommodating 21st century patterns of life. It sets out to design new ideas of living, with an emphasis on the connections, relationships and interactions between people to address the challenges of modern living and changing situations. Envisaged with the burgeoning Private Rental sector in mind, our Intimate Homes toolkit has been developed to focus on well-being, enhancing sociability between members of a household as well as the need for privacy.