On show in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week 2017, MVRDV‘s (W)ego is a concept for accommodation that can adapt to the different needs of any future inhabitants – whether they be families, students or refugees. Each colorful room suits a different occupant; a lime-green room features hammocks and ladders for an adventurous type while a purple space is lined with shelves for an avid reader.
“Based on the hypothesis that the maximum density could be equal to the maximum of desires, this research conducted by the Why Factory explores the potentials of negotiation in dense context,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas, who is one of Dutch Design Week’s three ambassadors. “Through gaming and other tools, (W)ego explores participatory design processes to model the competing desires and egos of each resident in the fairest possible way.”
MVRDV developed the project in collaboration with The Why Factory, the firm’s in-house research lab. It forms part of an exploration into how cities will develop in the future, in the face of issues such as climate change, declining resources, and rapid population growth.
The designers describe (W)ego as a hotel, where guests have to confront and negotiate the dream spaces of other occupants. (W)ego has been erected at Markt Square and will be on show throughout Dutch Design Week, which runs from 21 to 29 October 2017.
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