Home Comfort Part 3: Personal Comfort
This final year project is about the different types of home comfort one can experience.
This follows after Part 2: Family Comfort.
Part 3: Personal Comfort
From the dialogue sessions in part 2, the older siblings of the family mentioned that they would like to move out of their current house to live alone independently. However, due to financial issues and family closeness, they decided that it is best to stay with their parents until they get married and move out with a partner.
Bringing in the idea of young adults living alone, affordability, domesticity and fulfilling basic needs and secondary wants, a new domesticity was explored to achieve personal comfort.
In Singapore, the government does not allow one below the age of 35 to own or rent a flat alone. However, in other countries like the UK, schemes like the Single Room Rent (SRR) are available for young adults who desire to have their own place. How can this kind of scheme be applied in Singapore to allow young adults to live alone but still under the law?
From the precedent Urban Village Project by effekt, there was the idea of a single unit meant for one person to live in and whether a single unit of amenity could join and share between 2 people. Looking into working with apartment interiors in Singapore, this was a precedent that was done as a personal project to have personal comfort. Gary Chang converted his 3-room apartment into 24 different configurations to maximise the apartment’s entire area. He made use of movable walls and furniture while achieving comfort in his daily life. Does comfort have to come in 4 walls/a space itself? Or can it be achieved in just walls like Gary Chang?
With the main user group to be students and site to be the old Ngee Ann Polytechnic Loft, linked to the school via a bridge, the method of Gary Chang’s plan dissection was used to work and change one unit.