All in all, 9 main trends emerge, which could be interesting not only for architects and product designers, but for all of us. One thing is certain: there will be new forms of living and furniture solutions. And we already see much of it.
The desire for healthy, natural and ecological materials is growing. PVC and plastic have finally become obsolete. Wood, lime paint, cork, sisal and clay are materials that are again becoming more prominent. Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular.
This creates a market for health-promoting residential and construction products, such as wall coatings that absorb pollutants. The concept of holistic construction goes hand in hand with it. Man, nature and home should ideally be in harmony with each other.
With smartphones and tablets, heating, ventilation, electrical appliances, lighting and security systems will be available as standard in the future. The devices are intelligently interconnected. On the one hand, digital home automation can save a lot of energy in the smart home, on the other hand, this form of control, for example via an app, is extremely convenient and convenient.
In the latest worldwide Houzz & By the way, the German Home Owners' Survey showed that technology is affluent: 25% of respondents would switch to smart home technology, 27% to smart consumer electronics and 14% to home security systems - American owners said only 23%, 15% and 9% respectively these smart technologies.
In contrast to high-tech equipment, there is also an interest in low-tech crafts and DIY in terms of furnishing. You are no longer content with mass-produced goods, but want to surround yourself with something special. High-quality furniture with an interesting history, home-made tables or upcycled products enjoy a high reputation.
Many do not want to give up the advantages of a city or a green environment. This is how gardens in big cities are becoming more and more interesting. A popular concept is Urban Gardening, where you can meet in community gardens to grow vegetables and relax.
"People want to live in the countryside or in the green. Trends such as urban gardening and indoor gardening are still gaining momentum, "according to the Zukunftsinstitut study.
In the wake of housing shortages in the cities, new forms of housing are emerging. The trend is for apartments in XS format. This reduces the actual living space without quality losses. Less is more. A mini-home in the countryside is the yearning of many. If the house is still on wheels, the desire for flexible living is also satisfied. The Tiny Home trend brings numerous examples, both as DIY projects from private individuals and from professional manufacturers.
The home is therefore limited to the bare necessities and satisfies basic needs such as sleeping, cooking and toilet. However, it is supplemented by optional rooms in public space, which can be visited if necessary. Collaborate Living This trend is called. A guest room that can be used by the whole household, a roof garden for all or rentable small apartments for dependent relatives in the new housing estate are possible concepts. Digital platforms offering search for outsourced space are becoming more popular. The sharing mentality also extends to commodities and food: sharing is the new having.
UN studies predict that 9.3 to 12 billion people will live on Earth in 100 years. The elderly would belong to the fastest growing group, 2050 there could be more people over 60 than under 15 years. The proportion of older and older people in the population picture will be even higher in the future. Matthias Horx coined the keyword "Silver Society" in this context.
The need for age-appropriate housing will increase. If you want to, you can grow old in a familiar environment, not in a nursing home. Barrier-free apartments according to the guidelines of Universal Design are therefore increasingly in demand: floor-level shower rooms, LED strips in the floor, ....
The number of multi-generation houses is also increasing. Here people of different generations live together in a community. They help and enrich each other. No one has to be alone anymore, but still finds enough retreat for himself.
In the future, rigid, defined floor plans will have become obsolete. Large spaces that can be used flexibly, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly important. This creates living in zones that are defined by flexible furniture systems. Furniture replace walls.
"The digital culture of sharing, appropriating and adapting is transferred to real space," say the futurologists.
Thus, a large room can initially be used as an office and living room. If required, it also serves as a children's or guest room.
The more flexible, the better.
Do you recognize your own needs in these trends? What is the most important development in the field of building for you? & Live?