THE OPEN HOUSE
The heart of Making Room is The Open House, a 1,000 square foot demonstration home designed to accommodate a variety of increasingly common household formation types that are underserved by current housing options. During the exhibition’s 10-month run, The Open House will be transformed twice, each version supporting a different household configuration.
The brainchild of architect Pierluigi Colombo of Clei, The Open House features cutting-edge products such as transforming and multifunctional furniture from Resource Furniture and Clei, moving wall systems from Hufcor, a state-of-the-art kitchen with adjustable cooking and dining surfaces from Ernest Rust, bathroom fixtures designed to maximize space from Duravit, a raised access flooring system from NewFloor with integrated porcelain tiles from Ceramics of Italy, innovative, in-wall storage systems by Protek S.R.L and many more. All of the products in The Open House were selected for their ability to provide exceptional comfort and functionality to all of the “occupants” of the home, regardless of their age or physical ability, based on the principles of universal design.
Visitors to the Open House will see firsthand how good design, long-term thinking, and the right products can achieve unprecedented levels of flexibility, functionality, and comfort.
SCENARIO 1: THE ROOMMATES
According to CHPC, 20% of U.S. households consist of adults living with roommates or adult relatives, yet there is little housing designed specifically for the needs of adults living together. The first configuration of the home, on display until February 19, 2018, is designed to meet the needs of two individual roommates along with a couple. When the Hufcor automated moving walls are closed off, each of the three individual living space is private, acoustically-sound, and fairly compact–156, 215, and 263 square feet respectively. Clei wall beds are used in each room to give them dual functionality as private bedrooms and living spaces.