The future of the house has always been shaped by the person, the lifestyle and the location of the place.
But a new wave of research suggests that this is changing.
A growing body of research, based on extensive studies and analyses, suggests that people in different countries are increasingly drawn to different types of homes.
The most obvious trend is a shift away from large-scale single-family homes, such as the detached or townhouses, to larger-scale residences with shared rooms, shared living spaces and shared living.
It also suggests that the desire for a home that is large enough for both family and work may be growing.
A second trend is the rise of a new type of home that combines large, central living spaces, like a condominium, with smaller spaces that can be used for recreational activities or entertainment, as well as a larger living space, like an apartment.
A third trend is that people are starting to take a more holistic approach to the design of their home.
Rather than the one-size-fits-all style of a house that dominates our modern architecture, they want to design their homes to take into account the whole person, to include their lifestyle and location.
This has led to a rise in “mixed use” homes that include both larger and smaller units, like single-bedroom apartments, studios and townhouses.
While most of the studies that have been conducted on the topic of home design in the US focus on the rise in large-sized single- and two-family houses, researchers are increasingly looking at the growing trend for mixed-use and smaller-scale housing.
“The way we design is not the way that we build,” says Stephen P. Dutton, a professor of urban design at the University of Minnesota.
“If you have a house with two or three stories and you build a small living room, you’re not going to get the same kind of use of space and that’s not sustainable.”
He notes that this trend is also being seen in other countries.
“We’re seeing this shift in design in a lot of European countries, but also in some parts of Asia,” he says.
In Europe, people are moving away from the traditional single-story houses.
In the UK, one study showed that the proportion of single-stories on new homes is dropping, while in Germany it is rising.
In addition to this shift toward mixed-used housing, studies are also showing that people want to live in smaller spaces with shared living rooms and shared bedrooms.
“There’s been a lot more emphasis on shared living space in new housing,” says Peter Auerbach, a researcher at the Institute of Architecture in Munich, Germany.
“There’s also a shift in attitudes toward the design and the design environment in the past decade.”
What does that mean for the design industry?
It’s not just the architecture industry that is changing, it’s the way people design.
“You can see that in the design for the new house, the way you make it, the furniture, the colors, the materials,” says Kevin S. Stumpf, a design professor at New York University.
Sumpf is one of the architects behind a series of architectural experiments called House Designers.
These experiments involve designing homes for different types and sizes, with some models being small and others being large and very complex.
But even with all the research on this topic, Stumpfs says there are still a lot questions to be answered.
“People really want to know the answer to that question,” he tells Cric.
“Is it really a good idea to build a house for a single-person family or for a large family?
What is the best design for a two-person home?””
It’s a very important question,” says Auerbs, “and the answers are not always easy to come by.”