Furniture and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture

Standardised Personalisation in Dorm Rooms

How can interior architecture enable students living in dormitories to express themselves freely by making design decisions about their rooms and furnishings?

What did you want to accomplish/achieve with your project?

I wanted to develop a spatial furniture system in which students who live in student accommodation could use their freedom of personal expression directly in the design of their room. I hope to renew spatial behaviour by giving students the opportunity to be creative. Additionally, by following a make-use-return model based on the repair and reuse of products, resource usage and waste will be reduced and a more sensitive approach to furniture consumption will be established.

What have you discovered along the way?

Based on the surveys I have conducted, I have discovered that the majority of students are not satisfied with their rooms as they cannot reflect their personalities, meet their basic needs or are personal enough. Another thing that I discovered was that there are groups of students from different nations who want to make their rooms somewhere they feel they can experience their traditional culture, and a very small minority prefer to use what they need instead of personalising their rooms. Lastly, a majority of international students thought it was difficult for students to buy new furniture.

How have you chosen to solve this task?

The solution is based on the notion of ‘Standardised Personalisation’, which means providing the most suitable standards for students in a flexible use. In this context, I’ve designed a very simple modular room that enables students to adapt the interior walls of their rooms to their furniture or make new partition walls as well as change the colours or materials of the walls.

How could the project be developed further in the future?

The project could be developed by building accommodation modules that are more eco-friendly and blend architecturally with the scenery. With the help of anthropologists, this project could be made more specific by analysing body anthropometrics and local social habits. This could help create a more unified and genuine local architecture world language.