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Rooms House is the design for a new cooperative housing scheme aimed at re-imagining the future of the suburban home in Sweden. The proposal is based on the idea that the contemporary family is no longer a couple with two children but can be any group of people that choose to live together, cooperate and share resources. The aim of the design is to avoid making judgements about the size, gender and age structure of families, in order to house any possibility for living together…

Rooms House is the design for a new cooperative housing scheme aimed at re-imagining the future of the suburban home in Sweden. The proposal is based on the idea that the contemporary family is no longer a couple with two children but can be any group of people that choose to live together, cooperate and share resources. The aim of the design is to avoid making judgements about the size, gender and age structure of families, in order to house any possibility for living together.

All rooms in the house have been designed without functions and can be furnished and used in a wide variety of ways. They can either be bedrooms, work spaces, or social spaces. The possibility of multiple kitchens gives added flexibility by allowing more than one household to occupy each house. The architecture simply defines spaces, providing everything necessary but without confining the life within.

The project’s main component is a row house of two floors with a central core containing all the necessary services and a staircase. Unlike most contemporary floor plans, there are no secondary spaces or dead ends. There are no corridors. Each room leads to the next in a circulation pattern without ends. The bathroom and kitchen are positioned in the centre of the plan, to form divisions between the two sides. The surrounding rooms are not defined by specific functions, but by their architectural qualities. With each room having its own unique quality, the users can determine for themselves what purpose each space is best suited for.

  • Year: 2017 - 2020
  • Location: Sweden
  • Area: 128 sqm/unit
Team
  • Martin Brandsdal
  • Magnus Casselbrant
  • Jesper Henriksson
  • Mira Wolden
Collaborators
  • Engineering and prefabrication: ARUP
Timeline
  • 2017: Concept design
  • 2018: Full scale prototype exhibited in Stockholm
  • 2018: Prefabrication development with ARUP
  • 2020: Construction of first unit