Space Conversion

Design Challenge

#3: How might we learn from COVID-19 to reimagine our future for life, work, learning and play?

Project Description

A project idea that concern with the citizen who needs to manage work and kids in the same space, same time along with safety and health issue. To reinvent a home into a better lifestyle and productive space that allows everyone to has a positive experience as well as maintaining safety and health despite that staying at home.

Criteria #1: Value

Designers want to work with multiple companies to gain a broader experience yet are unable to due to contracting with on company as a full-time employee. As we imagine remote working to be on rise post COVID, we expect designers to want to work remotely too with the freedom of flexibility.

Criteria #2: Inspiration

In such crisis outbreaks, a conventional home layout is no longer sustainable as we imagine due to space constrain that unable to re-allocated or equipped to digitalize for neither work, learn nor play. Therefore, an idea to rework on the layout is to bring in a better living lifestyle as well as the convenience to work, learn, play, and live. Furthermore, disinfection practice to maintain safety and health plays an important role in such a crisis. Hence, a built-in COVID-KIT place at the exit and entrance of the home to control the spreading of the virus.

Criteria #3: Impact

In the future, working from home will be a norm as the culture has been shaped by the crisis that forces us to work and study from home. It may seem difficult to complete, however converting limited conventional layout and disinfection practice allows us to face and prepare well in the future. The converted layout not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing to make live, work, learn, and play sustainable. Furthermore, social responsibility is the key to slow down the spread, practicing disinfection equally doing the right thing.

Criteria #4: Timeliness

The idea proposed can be launched in the market within 3-6 months or earlier. Given that materials vary according to budget and how critical it requires, we could pick the suitable material accordingly. A good example is the recent conversion or transformation of the EXPO exhibition hall into a temporary hospital with a modular octanorm system.

Criteria #5: Systems Thinking

The Circuit Breaker has brought concerns in citizens’ daily standard living as nonessential companies have to close down and employees forced to work at home. It also has significantly attributed a negative sentiment in the citizens’ daily lifestyle despite that staying in an ineffective conventional layout may bring unpleasing experience and concern of the virus outbreaks that may bring harm to home. Hence, the rework of conventional layout can shape a future where people able to cope well with the new normal at home. The installation of COVID-KIT minimizes the risk of cross-infection.