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Home Economics. Five new models for domestic life

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A black Georgian panelled door welcomes visitors in front of the British Pavilion.

It refers to Queen Elizabeth I’s regulation that every family had to have their own front door to avoid shared homes.

The curators Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams ask questions of British society and architectural culture, regarding the changing rhythms and patterns of life. The exhibition unfolds through a series of architectural propositions:

a home for hours – Own nothing, share everything
a home for days – Home is where the Wi-Fi is.
a home for month – A house without housework.
a home for years – Space for living, not speculation.a home for decades – A room without functions.

These incremental amounts of time result in five 1:1 models for living.

How does it feel? To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone, 1965

In the „home for hours“ you can find a transparent wardrobe filled with objects of domestic life which are meant to be shared and therefore affordable.

The „home for days“ consists of a huge inflatable plastic ball with an opening and enough space to lay inside and responds to a life constantly on the move.

A new model of „boarding house“ was developed for the“home for month“. A so called „totem“ provides facilities for sleeping, cooking and washing and housework is included in the rent.

The „home for years“ proposes a naked apartment starting with zero dept, a ’shell rent‘ and equity in the ’shell‘ of the building over time.

Even a „home for decades“ has been invented which is functionless.

The Pavilion and its content is very direct and haptic as the models can be touched, tried and used.

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