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Conceptual proposal for a future without possessions.
Conceptual proposal for a future without possessions.

We no longer own a house but purchase space and objects on subscription.
We no longer own a house but purchase space and objects on subscription.

Possible combinations of services for a couple, a couple with two kids and a single man respectively.
Possible combinations of services for a couple, a couple with two kids and a single man respectively.

Unused space is put to use. The ‘slices’ of dwelling are self-propelled or self-powered.
Unused space is put to use. The ‘slices’ of dwelling are self-propelled or self-powered.

Conceptual sketch. Spaces can be added and subtracted depending on domestic needs.
Conceptual sketch. Spaces can be added and subtracted depending on domestic needs.




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SPATIAL MEMBERSHIP
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The end of ownership is near; soon we’ll be purchasing space on subscription.
In the Netherlands, houses are getting bigger and fewer people are living in them. At the same time there is clearly a housing shortage. On top of that, we own far too much stuff while raw materials are running out. Cupboards are bursting at the seams, there’s a shed filled from floor to ceiling and an attic full of stuff we’d forgotten even existed. We keep buying things to fill the empty spaces in our house.
Why buy trash we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t even know?
If we want music we open the Spotify app, if we want to watch a series or film we use Netflix, if we need to sleep somewhere while travelling we book an Airbnb and if we need a car we call Uber. These are all services on subscription. Thomas Rau takes this a step further: if we need light we purchase it as a service and stop buying lamps. Subscriptions are on the rise. So why shouldn’t we treat space as a service too?
So in future no one will own a house but instead take out a subscription on space and objects. If we need more space we can upgrade the subscription and if we need less we can downgrade it.
A baby on the way or perhaps children leaving home, band practice Wednesday evenings, grandchild-minding on Thursdays, a dinner party once a month? The subscription can be modified to suit the constant change in domestic needs.
The house consists of pre-existing self-propelled elements. These spaces can slip in and out of a grid. They stand atop a frame, are equipped with wheels and can be shifted in a left-right direction but also forwards-backwards and up-down. Elements can be hitched together using openings in the two side elevations of the spaces, giving you a ‘snake-dwelling’. Spaces are available in several sizes and can be used and equipped for a variety of purposes.
With space and objects on offer as services and no longer as possessions, we will be treating space with greater efficiency. Welcome to Spatial Membership.