We all know that hardware and software need the occasional update. Well, it’s just as important that we revisit our concept of living every so often to ensure that all of our needs are being met. We’ve already found a long-term answer in the invention of flexware.
Residents have set out brand-new requirements for their homes now and in the future. Living rooms need to be comfy areas, home offices are a must for anyone working from home, and open-plan kitchens are all the rage rather than separate rooms just for cooking. The living revolution is happening on different levels. For some time now, the traditional division of a house into three bedrooms, a kitchen, a hallway, and a bathroom has been considered to be outdated. The traditional view of the nuclear family’s home as a sacred private refuge is nothing more than a memory from the “good old days.” Private, semi-private, and open spaces are now being interconnected to create a new way of living in the future.
Minimalism? Functionalism? What’s coming? What’s staying? Good living spaces will still be places of safety, protection, and security as well as contact and communication. And we will still be able to express ourselves there. But there will be three ways of applying the living revolution. HARDWARE refers to anything that is constructed, including the town setting and the building itself. SOFTWARE refers to residents along with all of their ideas, needs, and rituals. Intelligent FLEXWARE will ensure that these two elements can remain adaptable when interacting with one another in the long term. This term covers flexible design elements, such as furniture and surfaces like the walls and floor.
A modular approach to living spaces will allow for floor plans to be arranged differently. Researchers studying trends and the future are talking about broken-plan living spaces, which can be seen as the opposite to open loft layouts, with private areas clearly being defined. Functions in the home such as cooking, playing, and working overlap and shift around to make the best possible use of the space available. In other words, the traditional layout will disappear – just as the stage of life we find ourselves in shifts and adapts. Architects, interior specialists, and designers are experimenting with elements that reinvent our living spaces so that
they are balanced between work and leisure, retreat and community, efficiency and sustainability. As a result, innovative new homes are already being built in response to tomorrow’s needs.
We have to remember that you need to be in the know if you want to stay one step ahead. What counts as state-of-the-art technology right now? What possibilities will open up in the future? We may not be able to predict how exactly requirements will change but we can work it out using data, which tells us what people want and how buildings can be equipped accordingly. The next living revolution is starting on the inside.