Last year a friend and I decided to participate in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The organizers of this international competition seek to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.
We started brainstorming in September (2010). Last January the concept evolved in the actual design, The On Demand Experience. We worked against the clock in order to finish the design on time. And with a great result! Out of 715 entries, our entry was awarded an Honorable Mention!
So what’s the On Demand Experience?!
The starting points of our design are innovations like the smartphone, laptop or tablet computer and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Overall, the way people communicate, work and move has changed. But with this rapidly changing lifestyle and ever demanding environment, it is surprising to find that houses stayed pretty much the same. We believe, in order to get the most out of current technological developments, the direct living environment should change too.
The concept behind the ‘On Demand Experience’ is simple. Instead of going to different places, the facilities come to you. Simply request the desired space with your computer and the request will be processed by the warehouse connected to your building. Your space will arrive as an equipped ‘box’ that plugs into your apartment. Several boxes can dock in a single apartment at the same time and everything is available on demand. So whether the desire is to play golf, work out or have a lunch meeting, just let the warehouse know!
The ultimate mixed-use building
In our view, the On Demand Experience is the ultimate mixed-use building where apartments blend with different functions and services.
We presented the concept using a comic book. Three characters, Jeff, Truman and Sylvia, guide the reader through the On Demand Experience.