4/2016 flexible home

Increasing the flexibility of living spaces is one of the current development objectives in housing. A flexible home adapts to various uses. In a blended family, the number of people using the home may vary on a daily basis and the need for space also changes during a family’s life cycle. Architect Jyrki Tarpio, D.Sc. (Arch.), writes about different ways of producing flexibility. The flexibility of current loft homes is based on the modernist idea of an empty space that can be divided in different ways. However, there are also many other methods of flexibility, some of which are very old. In his article Tarpio describes these various methods with the help of illustrative floor plans.


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editorial | Flexible renewal
Jorma Mukala

Spatial principles and logics of dwelling flexibility
Jyrki Tarpio

Berliininpiha & Lontoonpiha, Helsinki
JKMM Architects

Portaali III, Helsinki
B&M Architects

Katscha, Norrköping, Sweden
Ingrid Reppen & Kai Wartiainen

Sinisimpukka, Helsinki
Kirsi Korhonen & Mika Penttinen

Housing Aspern, Vienna
Perger+Parkkinen & Querkraft

biennale | Reporting from Venice
Harri Ahokas, Antti Karsikas, Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter, Helena Sandman

refugees | Flexible temporary housing
Milja Lindberg

housing | What is progressive design?
Lauri Jääskeläinen

dreams | Pia Ilonen
Miina Jutila

interview | Jan Söderlund
Jorma Mukala

home | Growth rings of ordinary homes
Sanna Meriläinen

speaker's corner | Diverse housing policies
Anni Sinnemäki

books | Building and Living in Communities
Riikka Pylvänen

déjà-vu | Yrjö Lindegren, Serpentine House, Helsinki 1951
Riitta Salastie