In reality there is no one-size fits all solution for the diverse home-based workforce, which includes entrepreneurs, piece workers, knowledge workers, artists and makers and carers. A huge variety of architectural and urban approaches is needed to provide effective space for the working practice – along with profound and radical changes in culture and policy frameworks.
But Two-Door City suggests that there is in fact a single idea to solve not just one but a myriad of the challenges posed by a future of working from home, which acts on the three levels of design, policy and culture – two doors.
The two-doors solution allows spatial, social and acoustic separation between home and work. It makes home-based work visible in the neighbourhood, and increases permeability between public realm and building interiors, especially important for occupations that interact with the public – from architect to hairdresser. It also builds in flexibility and adaptability over the lifetimes of buildings and their occupants – as a family or business grows or shrinks, or by providing semi-independent space for teenagers, a lodger, or a live-in carer.
Two-Door City addresses new buildings and the renovation of many existing ones. It can be applied to housing types from blocks of flats to maisonettes and from terraces to semi-detached and detached houses.
Team: The Workhome Project
Cany Ash, Maggie Atanasova, Julie Oti, Carlos Penalver
Architectural Designer and Urbanist
Author and Professor of Architecture
Influencer and Author