Due to advances in technology, our built environment is rapidly changing. However, the way our houses are designed haven´t changed much in the past decades. Most domestic spaces are still divided in a similar layout in order to provide rooms for specific activities: sleeping, cooking, taking a bath, etc. Within this layout, the spaces have encountered different transformations adaptive to our changing lifestyles: the bed is now used as a working space,the dining table is now the place where things get repaired, where thesis are written and so on.
SHIFTS IN THE DOMESTIC USE OF SPACE
Domestic, coming from the Latin source “domesticus” suggests belonging to home, house or household. Domestic spaces are now being occupied by a new generation with constant changing patterns of life that signify a change in its use. As concluded by Aureli and Tattara (2015): The current domestic landscape is characterized by an increasing gap between, on the one hand, temporary dwellers, young students, freelance workers, and single parents producing new forms of cohabiting, and on the other hand, the reassuring and often celebrated clichés of traditional family life.
The layout of the domestic space has not changed much its spatial premises in the last century. It still consists of specific rooms with each containing a strong functional identity. However, the meaning and how new generations occupy these spaces have had changes that adapt to their lifestyles, challenging the monofunctional model. The bedroom has become the office, the dining table is not exclusive for meals and the living room has acquired sleeping qualities.
Inhabitants adapt to the built environment, instead of being the other way around.
The kitchen has gone through a process of changes to accommodate to social transformations. However, it has not changed much of its spatial premises since the 1950s. With the triumph of the built-in cabinets and the predominant infrastructure that defines it, the kitchen offers very little possibilities to become a flexible space in the house. As stated by Kirsten Algera, the infrastructure ends in an invisible city under our kitchen sink.
This project aims to challenge the traditional layout of the house and to question on how we inhabit domestic spaces, when patterns of life are changing so fast. By questioning the traditional arrangement of the fitted kitchen and proposing a new model, new forms of experiencing the domestic space can emerge that adapt to the lifestyle of its users.
`The Liberation of the Kitchen´ will take you on a journey of history, socio-political factors and personal stories of this emblematic space and an opportunity to imagine new possibilities of inhabitation.