21 Apr 2022 • Living
An adaptive Quito studio may hold the key to multifunctional micro-living
Challenging the inflexible parameters of traditional dwelling, living module Doméstico reorganizes residential space in favour of multifunctionality.
A crossover between architecture and furniture design, Domestico was born from the objective to attain adaptable living without needing to sacrifice comfort. Developed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones, the prototype module is positioned within a small studio in Qorner, a Quito residential building by Moshe Safdie and Uribe Schwarzkopf. According to Andrade and Váscones, the project responds directly to emerging forms of urban and social mobility and ‘constant reduction of space’.
Doméstico divides space into two parts – one that hosts the necessary activities, services and equipment, and another that, boundless and without elements can be continuously redefined by the user. While small, the element’s combination of mobile, flexible and foldable features make it possible to fulfil all basic domestic functions, including a kitchen area, storage space, laundry room, bed/bedroom, library, desk/dining table, bar and closet. The lower area is reserved for everyday activities, while, ascending a ladder, one can reach the upper storage nook.
‘The home by principle is evolutionary and adapts to new conditions,’ say the designers. But how? That’s the premise of our upcoming think tank The Next Space: The Adaptive Home, which is aimed at paving a clear path toward futureproof residential design (get your tickets for the May event, to take place in Madrid, here). Andrade and Váscones’ Doméstico project is an innovative reaction to the multifunctional needs of post-pandemic living, affordable housing crisis and lack of interactive space in cities all over the world. As these challenges push people to consider new modes of living, Doméstico is a reminder that positive solutions are both existing and scalable.