CONCLUSION Chapter 3 DESIGNING HOMES WITH A FUTURE
In the future, the layout of homes should reflect the growing need for flexibility and adaptability. The RIBA should mount a design competition for a flexible home that meets consumer needs and can be replicated at scale.
It is clear to the Commission that, for the sake of residentsâ€™ mental and physical wellbeing, living in a new home needs to be a much happier experience. Evidence to the Commission builds a compelling case for future homes to provide more space, offer greater variety of layout and be more adaptable to changing need. To achieve this, design must be at the centre of housing development. Wellbeing should to be a key consideration in housing design and construction, embracing aspects such as natural daylight and quiet which have a major influence on quality of life. Building regulations should be improved to set common, fit-for-purpose standards for housing quality.
Bermondsey Spa, London ÂŠ Levitt Bernstein and Hyde Group. Photographer Tim Crocker