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Colloquium: The house of the future

Mazda, SACo and The Sibarist invite you to their home to talk with Marta Alonso and Imanol Calderón, Silvia Hengstenberg and Elena Goded.

Colloquium: Have you ever imagined what houses will look like in the future? We inhabit spaces that we learn from every day, and these must continue to be readapted. When someone thinks of the houses of the future, buildings that produce well-being, that are self-sufficient, based on healthy architecture in harmony with ecology, come to mind. But beyond that image, there is no single answer.

“If we talk about design in a house, we use and reuse old materials because we believe it is more sustainable. For example, we have a house whose floors are a hundred years old and we have given them a second life. At The Sibarist we have been working for four years on a project called Houses that Take Care of You that puts the health of people and the planet at the center.

On March 16, we attended a colloquium called The House of the Future, which explored these questions. Marta Alonso and Imanol Calderón, from the Mayice studio, Silvia Hengstenberg, founder of The Sibarist, and Elena Goded, president of SACo and founder of Ábbatte, took part in the conversation. It took place at El invernadero, during the exhibition “The house of the future” that we organized together with Mazda and SACo in the framework of the Madrid Design Festival.

“Before the pandemic, when we started the project, people were telling us that this is what the house of the future should look like. The pandemic has accelerated that whole process, and we’ve realized that our spaces and our homes are critical.”

Photograpy of Rebeca Patillas.

For Goded, in the house of the future, which is getting closer and closer, the focus must be on well-being. “This is a motto that unites us all. I believe that houses not only give us shelter, but also connect us with ourselves. The house of the future must go back to the origins of who we are, and that can only be achieved through the senses.”

Hence, he pays special attention to natural materials that smell, look and feel much more authentic. “You should be in a house that causes sensations, that takes care of the lighting, the water, the air and does not generate pollution of any kind,” Silvia Hengstenberg maintains.

“If we talk about design in a house, we use and reuse old materials because we believe it is more sustainable. For example, we have a house whose floors are a hundred years old and we have given them a second life. At The Sibarist we have been working for four years on a project called Houses that Take Care of You that puts the health of people and the planet at the center.  “Before the pandemic, when we started the project, people were telling us that this is what the house of the future should look like. The pandemic has accelerated that whole process, and we’ve realized that our spaces and our homes are critical.”

“You should be in a house that causes sensations, that takes care of the lighting, the water, the air and does not generate pollution of any kind,” Silvia Hengstenberg maintains

For the duo that forms the Mayice studio, it is in the balance of the senses where the key lies. “I think it is important to carry out a process of abstraction and analysis to choose what is really important, which is usually what gives us the most pleasure,” says Marta Alonso. In a world where people are moving towards minimalism and looking for more and more experiences, this is related to the personal satisfaction that sustainability brings. “What is clear is that the house of the future is the house of now, and we must work for it”.

We leave here this very interesting talk for you to enjoy it as much as we did.

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