Rubik House

Project:
Rubik Home – the future of living
Design thinking, architecture, strategy

Role:
Team Lead, Mobile Design, UI Design, Design thinking, 3D modeling, storyboarding

Duration:
6 weeks

Team:
Retaw Liu, Mingjia Chen

The challenge:

The Home remains the most significant architectural place we experience throughout our lives. Home represents safety, ownership, privacy, and stability.   Historically, the home has been a place of permanence. Despite how chaotic our lives are, we cherish the consistency of sleeping in the same bed and performing the same daily rituals here. Yet, new trends in digitalization and globalization continue to reshape realms of everyday life and alter our physical environments, including our homes. It is important to examine how we adapt our living spaces to these shifts. How might we design homes to better serve to live in the future?

Process

Although the problem is framed as an architectural one, we want to adopt design thinking and take a strategic approach to create our proposal. We first started by looking at questions concerning the design brief and narrow it down to a few problems we are mainly aimed to solve.

Sketches

We largely defined who our client is, what our objectives were, and the type of activities that take place in a home setting. By exercising divergent thinking, we each brainstormed several possible outcomes. This iterative process was done in two work sessions before we narrowed down our choices.

In addition, we used a matrix system to help us narrow down our choices and in determining the optimal solution rated across several parameters we agreed on.

matrixmatrix

Storyboard

We mockup up the experience within the chosen design we narrowed down to using storyboard.

Solution

Our proposal aims to respond to housing in the digital era. As we are taking over by the sharing economy, the future home also tend towards that trend— the role of the inhabitant changes from one of the passive receiver to one of the creator. Rather than having space define how one lives, it’s the inhabitant deciding on what kind of space he/she needs. 

We have looked at the sharing economy model such as Car2Go, Airbnb, WeWork.

The Site

flexibility of the framework structure to adapt to various site conditions and demographics