The Future of Houses - Houses are Getting Smaller -3

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The Future of Houses - Houses are Getting Smaller -3

An Architectural Design Solution from Hong Kong, ChinaI located a tremendously fascinating video on YouTube (Dirksen, 2013) showcasing an innovative apartment in the condensed, crowded city of Hong Kong.

Living spaces are naturally very small in an urban area such as this, and few inhabitants can afford the idealistic large house with an accompanying wide-spaced backyard for their family.

The designer’s name is Gary Chang. In this video, he takes us on a tour throughout his incredible home. He demonstrates moving walls in his apartment, which are attached to tracks on the ceiling. He describes it as being “very organic”[ally] designed. One wall holds his mini-bar, dishwasher, fridge, sink, etc. He will then proceed to pull another wall (holding a bookcase) backwards to reveal a spacious bathroom space. He actually complains of “having too much storage” with his design. He employs natural light from his window to light up the space. One portion of his room also includes a walk-in closet. His bed mattress is pulled downwards from a wall. Chang asserts that he can use the main space for meditative activities such as yoga. There is far more features in his creative, experimental apartment, and this video surely deserves a watch.

International Mini-Home Design Solutions

Innovative Use of Stage Technology in the Home from London, UKAnother interesting video on Youtube (seen below) showcases Simon Woodrooffe’s YO! Home prototype (ShopCurious, 2012). Although this type of home would probably not be available for the mass population in 2025, it offers a look into the creative and highly-efficient potentials of the structural designs of a house. Woodrooffe utilizes stage technology used in theatre productions to create an adjustable, dynamic living space.

He demonstrates transforming a living room space into a bedroom space by a click of a button as a platform descends from the ceiling and immediately alters the entire layout and function of the room. Whether it is using a table as a wine storage area or a desk becoming a settee with a simple push, Woofrooffe effectively re-imagines a living space by using each square foot to its fullest potential. One note to make is this specific design would best suit a singleton rather than a traditional nuclear family, as it seems to be designed for one or two individuals in mind.

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