Design can no longer ignore the fact that excessive consumption is causing environmental and financial instability and must draw away from enabling hyper-consumptive lifestyles. Downsizing and dematerializing the home is one of the simplest and most impactful methods to approach the goal of living sustainably; by simply reducing the size and space with the home, people can immediately decrease the economic and environmental cost of living. Yet when presented as a solution, the concept of small-scale housing is often met with negative reactions.
Minimal Spaces is a project that utilises this criticism as a basis to form a design response to challenge interpretations of small housing. Replicating the core functions of the home within the boundaries of an arbitrarily small cube, the project amplifies the perceived chaos of living in a confined space. Using methods of optimisation, the disordered space and its social and material qualities are re-designed as critical proposition where concepts of dematerialization and small-scale living are framed a plausible action for sustainability.