Our homes have undergone a radical transformation in the past year. As we were forced into lockdowns, they became our safe havens, and had to function as our offices and schools, playgrounds and gyms, our restaurants and cinemas. With more and more companies opting for a distributed operating model (with a mix of remote and co-located employees), we can expect that working from home – whether full time or just for part of the week – will remain a reality for many of us. The domestic space needs to respond to these new dynamics by accommodating additional aspects of people’s lives. Any societal shift requires a design response. What can we learn from past crises and what are we learning from this one? When conceiving the dynamic home of tomorrow, designers and architects are asked to create highly functional environments in limited spaces, which convey a sense of well-being and allow for individual preferences.
Never have our homes been subject to more changes than over the past months. Any societal shift requires a response from the world of design. What can we learn from the past? What have we learned from the remote working experiment of 2020? As designers, architects and manufacturers, our challenge is to maximise the use of limited space, while generating a sense of safety and well-being and making room for more individual choices as we design, shape and build the dynamic home of tomorrow. Featuring insights by international speaker & author Oona Horx-Strathern, psychotherapist & author Esther Perell, happiness consultant & company founder Samantha Clarke as well as planning examples, our latest e-paper looks at implications of the developments of the past year on individuals, how we live in our homes and how we might use our domestic spaces in future.