Smarter, greener, and more flexible This is how we will live and work in the future
Modern living spaces
It will become more intelligent, smarter, more flexible and "greener" - these are the trends for living in the future. New concepts, technologies and interior designs are set to transform traditional living styles.
Experts predict that furniture such as beds or dining tables will actually be combined with virtual furniture, accessories and changeable "wallpapers". The flat will become a projection room that can be modified at any time. Technologies such as 3D projections or Augmented Reality glasses are opening up innovative designs and interaction options.
Furniture will become more multifunctional and more intelligent. It will have a larger, more mobile design, since this will separate room zones and thus create flexible adjustable structures. Today's generation will presumably be the last to know the conventional working world. The following will apply in future: my home is my office – my office is my home. The furniture will be convertible accordingly.
What starts with everyday objects and living accessories will lead to furniture printing. An initial step into this future involves searching for furniture online and putting it together in a customised way before it is then manufactured in 3D print by carpenters or designers on site. This means:
minimised transport routes, less environmental pollution, customised products.
The megatrends of the future will include urban and indoor gardening, as well as outdoor living. People want to live in a green, health-promoting and regenerative environment. Large, intelligently controlled solutions for shading and protection from the sun allow us to enjoy more time outside. This trend will grow rapidly.
Whether the humanoid robot will come remains questionable and only 34% believe that robots will become standard in 10 years' time. However, vacuum cleaner and lawnmower robots show how quickly new solutions carry through when they make everyday work easier. So, like in industry, robots will not look the way we imagine them to.
But they are on the rise.
According to the "Connected Life 2025" study, smartwatches are just the predecessors. In the future, humans will themselves be a component of the networked system. The Smart Home and electrical devices can then be controlled using gesture, language, sensors in clothing or on the skin, or by implants. The flat detects moods, for example, and adjusts the environment.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a heavily growing market that offers more safety and comfort. Surveillance cameras, smoke detectors, roller shutter and sun shading control systems, and many other electronic products can be networked and controlled via the internet using IoT. By 2025, 90 percent of all available household devices are expected to be able to communicate with a Smart Home system.
Alexa, Cortana, Siri or Google Assistant
are the precursors of a new
Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are making way for devices to communicate with sensors in the skin or with intelligent contact lenses. Even though it is hard to imagine now, in the future this will basically allow you to surf the internet or operate your roller shutters by thought alone.
For Generation Y, who expertly control their lives with their mobile phones, Smart Home is a matter of course. The focus of 17 to 35-year-olds is on safety through computer-based burglary surveillance and online security systems.
Just as important are the Smart Home technologies for family life in the countryside and for sustainability.
Sustainability is key. According to a survey, 88% of future property owners will put emphasis on high energy efficiency and around 75% will want green buildings. This means the highest standards in relation to resource efficiency, healthy and environmentally friendly construction materials, and recycling at the end of the life cycle.
Less is more - This is the description of the trend for the future. Small residential units whose arrangement and furnishings are optimised to make them highly functional are already in demand among students and workers with changing workplaces. This "downsizing" in combination with maximum flexibility, multifunctionality and modern technologies will intensify in future.
More intelligent living is not just a question of technologies, but in particular the variability in their use. In other words, spaces adapt to life phases and are modified easily, efficiently and situationally.
In keeping with the times, they keep everyday stress low with their service and comfort functions.
You don't have to own everything yourself, but spaces can be added on demand depending on your interests or circumstances. Your actual flat remains the core, but external spaces such as large kitchens, guest rooms, work areas and home cinema are optionally available. Using digital platforms, these external living and working areas will be organised by the communities.
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"The focal point shifts from ‘square metres’ to ‘shared metres’. This turns the traditional perception of one's own four walls on its head", explains futurologist Oona Horx-Strathern, one of the authors of "50 Insights - Zukunft des Wohnens" [Future of living].
In other words, flexible room and furnishing concepts allow spaces to be used for several purposes or by several people, and so living spaces can be adapted to constantly changing requirements. At the same time, the desire for more comfort and sustainability continues to grow.
Digitalisation is the key. This technology controls heating, shading and the indoor climate and interacts with contemporary, natural building materials to optimise energy efficiency. And it will order food when the fridge is empty, control domestic robots, alter functional furniture, conjure up a perfect light mood and suggest movies or entertainment for the evening.
In short: Smart Homes with networked, innovative control and communication technologies for domestic appliances, entertainment electronics and energy supplies will become commonplace.