8. junio 2016
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There are more and more people in the world, and they all need a roof over their heads. Many find it in ever denser cities, leading to rising rent costs. But many cannot, and do not want to, spend the majority of their monthly income on rent. Even though residential space per capita has increased – in 1948 it was still 10 sqm, in 1990 38 sqm, and today stands at about 48 square meters – many have decided to make do with less space. This, in turn, brings new challenges with it.
The architecture magazine eVolo sponsors a contest every year in which architects indulge very different visions of how we might live in the future. Whether high up, very green, networked or swaying – here is a look at some fascinating architectural worlds:
Bio Pyramid © David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan Kumar, Wesley Townsend, Colin Joyce, Arianna Armelli, Salvador Juarez
Most of our Earth is covered by water, and another large part by desert. This reality has given rise to the Bio Pyramid, which has been developed by architects to produce more living space and has emerged from the eVolo contest. They want to bring life back to where farming once began – to the edge of the Sahara. The Bio Pyramid brings together various technologies for generating energy and creates its own biosphere inside the pyramid. Solar panels outside, forests inside, a clever system that makes uninhabited land habitable again. The architects’ description of how this concept works can be found here. You can see other conceptual designs and the winner of this year’s contest directly at eVolo – it’s worth it.
Not only are exteriors adapting to a steadily growing urban society, things are also happening in interior design. Not much space is available, but we don’t want to feel cramped. Home must remain tidy and organized while still providing enough storage space for our belongings.
Interior designers are looking to fulfill these needs with different schemes. The bed can thus simply be run up under the ceiling, revealing a recess in the floor housing a cozy sitting area. The bottom of the bed is then used for pleasant indirect lighting of the sitting area. Storage space is built in to the floor and thus almost invisible. Speaking of storage space: not only the room itself, but also the furniture, is ever more functional and creates space for us – but we’ll talk about that in the next blog article.