Home design, despite technological advances, hasn't changed a lot over the last century. New automation technologies are starting to come in but we think that things could potentially change in a much more radical way, if we combined design and technologically together in a much more seamless fashion. Both the types of appliances and types of spaces found in a home will change in the near future.
EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY - THE FUTURE OF THE BEDROOM AND BATHROOM
Particularly for those living busy lives in urban environments, we believe that we may soon sleep in therapy pods that can respond to both your physical and emotional needs. Artificial intelligence can be used to recognise patterns in your physical and mental wellbeing to help to keep you in good health. Already we are seeing trends where the ensuite (toilet excluded) is starting to blend in with the bedroom, which is common particularly in hotels. It is possible that a bathing function may even become combined with the bed function to provide a wider range of therapy options. For new builds, these functions may be built into the space. For existing homes, an 'immersive' sleeping pod could be bought as a standalone item which could be an all in one device, as shown below, or an evolving series of devices working together. We imagine that it could be operated on an 'app' basis where one can purchase an increasing range of programming options.
This project has been published in ELLE Magazine, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Architecture Magazine and discussed on Radio NZ and in an up and coming documentary for TVNZ.