Smartphones and tablets spell the end for open-plan living, say UK architects

  • metta

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    Nov 13, 2015 2:44 AM GMT
    Smartphones and tablets spell the end for open-plan living, say UK architects


    http://www.dezeen.com/2015/11/12/end-for-open-plan-living-broken-plan-privacy-houses-uk-architects-mary-duggan-deborah-saunt/

    I have not really noticed that in looking at the new homes in my area. The new homes all have open floorplans, bringing together a great room, kitchen and dinning area. They are large homes, all over 3500 square feet, so they have many other rooms in addition to the main open floor area. All of them also have optional outdoor living spaces. I like that they got rid of the formal living room and formal dinning room in the new homes. I almost never use those rooms in my home.
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    Nov 13, 2015 4:33 PM GMT
    I think the ideal would be to have some kind of movable wall/partition configuration that you could easily change open-plan to closed plan.

    Not sure how practical it would be though, and having to move furniture etc?

    I quite like having separate rooms, it feels cosier than one huge living space.
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    Nov 13, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    That wall trend thing hasn't hit on the west coast at all yet. All the new construction had that open living concept going on. But I live midtown so its condo city around here
  • jeepguySD

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    Nov 13, 2015 8:14 PM GMT
    The trend for open-plan living may be over say architects, as families now favour "broken-plan" homes that offer more privacy for using mobile devices.

    Is anyone else thinking what I am? Porn?

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    Nov 14, 2015 3:48 AM GMT
    I call bullshit.

    Also, smaller rooms are easier to heat efficiently in winter, so geography may play a part.
  • tazzari

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    Nov 14, 2015 4:54 AM GMT
    Best thing I've heard yet about smart phones and tablets!
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    Nov 14, 2015 11:06 AM GMT
    Interesting article. Of course, it is written by architects in Britain, where things are smaller and more densely urban. The "split level" bit is an idea whose time should never have come, at least when it is deliberately designed into a home. The number of ridiculous split-level annoyances I've experienced in California...everything from why ever to downright dangerous!

    I agree with JeepguySD...sounds like porn driven!!
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    Nov 14, 2015 2:39 PM GMT
    I wonder why this trend didn't start when hard-wired telephone extensions became popular in almost every room of the house? As well as personal TVs popping up everywhere, albeit the old-style CRTs.

    Why are only mobile devices the cause? It would seem that being mobile the user has more options where to take them, to seek sufficient privacy and non-interference with others, if that's the goal.

    I still think an open floor plan is best for the "public" rooms where entertaining is likely to happen, and families to gather for group activites. And still have closed offices/studies, dens, rec rooms, etc, and of course bedrooms.

    Once I did see the open plan taken too far for my taste, though, for a bathroom. At least the toilet was enclosed, but the shower was totally open to the bedroom and some other parts of the residence. A spectacular place that used existing natural rock walls for some of the interior, and very, very spacious, with almost no interior partition walls.

    The shower area was exceptionally large, the space alone containing any water spray & splash without need for curtains or shower doors, the free-standing overhead spray head against a rock wall. Two of the bedroom outside walls were total glass from floor to ceiling and did not appear to have any draperies or blinds.The effect was not unlike outdoor showers you see at beaches or public swimming pools to rinse off.

    Except here you'd be wearing no swimsuit, your family members and possibly some guests treated to the full Monty. Like many men I'm not shy in open gang showers, but that's in an adult men's locker room. I'm not sure most people want that in their home, when perhaps hosting some elderly female relative, or their young kids have got some friends over.
  • FredMG

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    Nov 15, 2015 5:40 PM GMT
    "Broken Plan" houses? please. Stop inventing new terms for things that have existed for hundreds of years.

    Up through the 1940s houses were built with smaller rooms (easier to heat, more privacy options). So, lets just call it what it is, a return to TRADITIONAL house plans.