It may not be a real hotel, but MVRDV’s colourful and reconfigurable dwelling makes a bold statement about what may be the most essential ingredient for future cities to succeed: flexible living spaces.
Called (W)ego, the concept “hotel” is on display as part of , now underway in Eindhoven. Winy Maas, co-founding principal of the locally based firm , is one of this year’s Ambassador Architects and his focus is on the future of cities, and what they might look like decades from now.
(W)ego is the result, a multi-tiered dwelling (co-created with research and education institute ) that can be endlessly reconfigured. Nine box-like units connect via narrow ladders and doorways. The idea behind (W)ego is to create a space that can be rearranged as needed, and that embraces social connections: hence the name, which adds “we” to the word ego. While personal space will always be a human desire, the project suggests there is just as great a need for community interaction.
In the future, we won’t own as much stuff either; and our day-to-day living will be more fluid, transient and mobile, since we will be liberated from the burden of belongings. The future will be a lot more colourful, too.
(W)ego can conceivably be reconfigured endlessly. Each unit is kitted out with various bits of furniture and objects: a hammock hangs inside an electric green space, for instance, while a stack of hot pink dwellings are adjoined vertically by step ladders.
(W)ego remains on view at Markt Square, Rotterdam, until October 29, 2017.