Are you thinking of the user’s needs or wants or your own? Do you gift people what they need or what you want? That’s a million dollar question that all of us need to mull over. That’s what we did as architects. We did not sit and discuss amongst ourselves what home owners need.
Tiny aspects of user behavior
We spoke to people, young couples, active 50 + couples whose needs vary because of the different stages of life they are in. Based on the results our research threw up, we designed APT homes. In fact, we continue to visit homes of our personas to figure out their pain points, the lacunae in their existing living spaces and understand what they need, want, desire and aspire for. We look for abandoned, orphaned items, unravel bits and pieces and arrive at our solutions. Rather their solutions. Therein, lies our fulfillments as architects to design homes that speak to their owners and read their minds. Our only agenda is to ensure that the homes respond to their residents’ needs.
We have taken into account aspects that seem micro in the big picture but macro for the residents, like clothes lines and spaces for kitchen gadgets. Most people are at a loss when it comes to hanging their washed clothes because there are no designated areas in apartments. Consequence – clothes hung in balconies making the apartments look terrible when you view from outside and inside. Aesthetics and functionality can co exist and make the lives of residents and easy breeze.
Every thing in its place
From designated spaces for brooms to kitchen containers, we have mapped them all and addressed every single – major and minor need of our residents. At 2getherments, everything has a space and everything is in its place
Empathy, our driving factor, has enabled and empowered us as architects to not assume but visualize ourselves in the spaces and situations of our residents to provide them exactly what they need. That explains the presence of an air conditioner in the kitchen, mirror at the entrance, designated camouflaged areas for kitchen gadgets, so on and so forth.
In part 2 of this article, we share about Multi-Tasking Spaces and Time Earning habitats.
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