My Final project through the Interior Design course at Cardiff Metropolitan University. We were given an open brief, in which I could create any project that I wanted and felt represented me as a designer. I have designed tiny, floating sustainable lifetime homes that adhere to an aging population.
These designs have been created to show how I believe we will be living as population in the future. Climate changes future is unknown how it will affect the world. I believe that the sea levels will rise, to the point where we will be living on the water, the day to day luxuries that we are used to will be few are far between, not allowing us to create energy through the means that we do today. I also predict that we will not having the luxury of getting in our own car and going down to the shops, but having to rely on driverless ubers to travel far distances and everything else we will have to reply on cycling, walking or canoeing. The design leans into this by providing the residents with a host of bikes and canoes to use on site.
These homes support a sustainable lifestyle and a life time home, that fits an ageing population. I have created a variety of options to change the homes as life changes. They also work as lifetimes homes because if situation in a home were to change and the occupants decided to move, then they could just move the home, rather than having to sell and buy a new one.
These homes could also be used for more immediate solutions such as in time of disaster, when different cities and town flood, these homes could be brought in to house those who have lost their homes. The government could invest in (x) amount and provide them as disaster relief.
They could also fit those who want to live an ‘off the grid’ lifestyle but with the commodities that we are used to in the 21st Century, but being powered sustainably.
They could also be provided as a solution to high tourist numbers in certain times of the year. For example, during the summer months more tourists may come to London, these homes could be brought into the harbour used as ‘Air BNB’ and then moved again.
The Quay Pad can also be used on land. This could provide another solution in times of flooding and disaster, where there doesn’t need to be a large body of water to support the homes.
These homes could be put anywhere in the world.
Floatable Lifestyle Details Book
Floatable Lifestyle Sketch Book
Floatable Lifestyle Poster
This brief is set to create a modern, sustainable, and feasible way of living that will adhere with the currently eco-nominal challenges facing the world such as global warming. These spaces must fit a range of lifestyles and be shown to ‘last a lifetime’. They must include all of the modern comforts that as people we are used to in the 21st Century, but not allow this to be the focus, also adaptable modern homes to fit the ageing population.
I am suggesting that these homes would work best as a ‘village’ where they are all joined together using the floating platform. The village will be fully powered by renewable energy. I will not provide parking spaces, but it does provide a bike and kayak shed, which allow residents to rent out wither item and use it to get around, rather than burning fossil fuels and driving. It will also encourage recycling by having a recycling unit at the front of the pier, allowing easy access to the council, but also providing the villagers with the correct tools to recycle. All-access to every home and onto the platform will be via ramps, making it easily accessible for everyone. The end of the platform will have a ramp down into the water, to allow those using the kayaks easy access.