From Tue Jan 25 16:35:45 2000
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 100 16:58:56 -0500 (EST)
From: Stephen Intille
Subject: Re: Inventing the sleeping space
here are some good ideas from Glaire to think about, building on
On the web page are actions that we do in the sleeping/bath spaces.
(see Fri Jan 14 session entries)
What's missing from our discussions?
See you at lunchtime.
> Whole House:
> Storage space under the house for ALL items usually stored in closets,
> dressers, etc. Temperature controlled and monitored by computer. Delivery
> of appropriate items to a "portal" in each room.
> Cleaning systems for dishes and laundry either part of under-house area or
> behind walls.
> Room "portals" make closets, etc. unnecessary, though such items can be
> added if owner likes
> Flexible, soundproof "walls" that fold away into the walls spaced regularly
> around the house. These can be configured to create separate rooms easily,
> but can be folded away to create an open floorplan during the day.
> The only rigid non-configurable interior walls are those of the bathroom,
> creating a greater sense of privacy than the flexible walls used to
> configure living spaces in rest of the house.
> Floor levels can be changed for different functions (create sleeping
> platforms, table surfaces, etc.)
> Triple sash windows throughout house, based on those at Monticello, which
> can be used as doors or windows. Allows a high level of flexibility in the
> space usage. Glass is thermal and opacity can be controlled for each sash.
> Heated floors (I've read that if you're in contact with a heated surface
> the air around you can be somewhere around 10 to 20 degrees cooler than one
> would usually need for comfort)
> Rounded corners/wall-floor meets to prevent dust accumulation
> Routing of organic waste to compost bin/center
> Routing of recyclable trash to bin/center
> platforms for sleeping/reading that conform to individual for highest
> comfort level, depending on what one is using it for at the time.
> Portal for delivery (and removal) of clothing, or anything else stored in
> the storage unit under the floor of the house
> Computer could deliver coffee to bedroom portal when alarm goes off, have
> breakfast ready or ingredients out and available in kitchen, deliver
> clothing to bedroom while resident is in shower, etc. Based on normal
> routines (different schedules on week days/weekends)
> Flexible walls can be used at night to give parents and child privacy, or
> at any time to create private spaces within the larger living area
> Jacuzzi shower (space-saving but better than normal shower) with
> sensor-controlled water heads
> Rigid walls for greater sense of privacy
> "Floating" sink/counter and toilet to reduce areas for dust accumulation
> Some way of sterilizing surfaces quickly and easily
> Heated floor w/ pleasant-to-touch surface
> Portal for delivery of toiletries, delivery and removal of clothing/towels