Future third spaces


Nowadays we’re planning our daily life more flexible, mixing work and leisure and the use of space that’s available around us. I have a huge interest in the creative and flexible use of the scarce space in (big) cities with an eye on creating a healthier living environment. Let’s put a spotlight on two cool urban projects!

We’re blurring the boundaries of public and private spaces. Innovators will use the limited urban space in between destinations: the third space. The public space that is neither a home, nor an office, but a multifunctional playground to live a blurring lifestyle. These two concepts are offering urban solutions and highlighting the more flexible use of the Third Space with the future in mind.

New hospitality services will enable citizens to make better use of the time spent on the go between home and their destination. Sleeep offers travellers in Hongkong space to recharge. This capsule hotel gives you a hyper personalized sleeping experience that can be booked by the hour – or overnight. A seamless online-offline experience let you personalize your bed when you check-in online: choose your your preferred mattress firmness, pillow type, number of pillows and blanket types. It’s up to you! Sleeep takes sleep quality to it’s next level: from smart-technology lightning to create a circadian rhythm to noiseless curtains and wooden lining for natural warmth. Oh, and don’t forget to look into the Oculus Mirror for self-reflection.


MINI LIVING design innovations goes beyond the production of their iconic car. It proposes future living solutions that are sympathetic to their immediate surroundings but which bring something radically new to the mix. The Urban Nest is a spatial framework that offers inspiring ideas and future scenario’s of urban living, prototyped at Urban Matters Shanghai in collaboration with Penda Architects from Beijing. These modules have more than just a residential function – it’s open and flexible character invites the public in. Based on a 3 x 3m module the Urban Nest is easy to assemble and reassemble to offer endless possibilities for spatial configuration. The modules integrate spaces to live, work and play for an inspiring, flexible and collaborative life is an urban micro neighborhood.


MINI LIVING installations aim to address the pressing issues of future urban living, tackling the shortages of affordable housing and public spaces. This team of creative mindes challenges themselves to innovate with questions like ‘can a house be thought as a flexible and transformative structure?’ and ‘how can we turn buildings into active contributors for the improvement of urban life?’.

With the ongoing worldwide urbanization we’ve to keep in mind that we have to be thoughtful when it comes to urban planning to assurance urban’s quality of life. Big urban challenges like housing shortage, heat stress and the availability of fresh food can be solved with a more creative and flexible approach of the use of our space.

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