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LIVING IN A CUBE

Vincent Bodo Andrin speaks about the trend of micro-living, the future of the property industry and why buildings will become interfaces.

LIVING IN A CUBE

Like many other industries, the housing sector is about to change fundamentally in the future. The younger generation demands new ways of living: an upcoming trend is modular housing. 

 

Micro-living is one of today’s biggest trends in architecture. What does this concept mean to you personally?

I see micro-living as the challenge and desire to arrange and unite all the necessities of contemporary, intelligent and efficient living within a limited space. Due to their networks and the endless opportunities from the technical revolution, the younger generation is extremely mobile, well informed and interested in trying new things.

I see micro-living as a form of complexity reduction: you no longer have to commit to something long-term when you still have no idea where your own journey will take you. That’s why I think this concept is particularly suited to today’s zeitgeist; to young, agile, flexible and international people who are searching for themselves and the direction they should take.

 

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Do you see micro-living being closely linked to digitization and smart homes?

If you think it through to its logical conclusion, then yes. In my opinion, digitization is all about designing processes, applications and interfaces in more people-friendly ways, centering everything around people and their needs. But that doesn’t mean that everything has to become simplified, technical and dehumanized.

And when you look at micro-living and the property industry from this angle, then you have to start thinking of the property industry in hardware and software terms. Today, property is developed with no consideration given to software whatsoever. Combining hardware and software doesn’t take place at all – although it would lead to totally new interactions taking place.

 

With regard to micro-living, what will the impact of digitization look like?

The decisive question is not how the kitchen or toilet should be designed or how an Alexa interface or Google Home hub can be installed. What is important is how future architectural concepts can be connected to the hardware (the structural building) and the software. I firmly believe that buildings will become interfaces.

 

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How do you see us living in the future? How will the concept of micro-living develop?

The living space sector is extremely diversified. In general, I don’t think micro-living on its own will change our understanding of living spaces. I see micro-living being for pioneers who want to find out in a short space of time and among a very open-minded community what is possible and what direction they should take.

Generally speaking, I also believe that the property industry will digitize itself, that an architect without a software developer and without a multidisciplinary team will no longer be capable of developing living concepts. This will need a coming together of interdisciplinary skills that combine different approaches. In the next ten to fifteen years, this combination will lead to totally new applications and our understanding of living will greatly change.

 

How will this influence the property industry?

We must say goodbye to earning money from construction – in other words producing inhabitable square-meter space and selling it for more money than our original investment. In the future, property developers will earn their money through services, leases and the limited access to experiences. These will be experiences that will be measured in cubic meters and not through living space characterized in square meters. We will enter totally new dimensions for which totally new monetary models must be considered. Just like an iPhone, the life of a property will only begin when we put our finger on the start button.

26 / 04 / 2018 // by LigaStudios Team

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