Many have commented that creativity is a way to face the crisis. This is also the case in the world of decoration for  businesses and private spaces.

Therefore, some people have started to “reinvent” the way these spaces are used. Space can be flexible depending on when and why it is used. Furthermore, it must be creative.

We’re not only talking about pop-up shops, there are also many buildings that have been converted to have a new use. And the changes are radical!

From cathedral to bookshop. In Zollen (Netherlands) the architecture firm BK Architekten converted a 15th century Gothic cathedral into a bookshop. The original organ, stained glasswork, ceiling decoration and other characteristic elements were respected. This church/bookshop is 700 m2 and is a great example of how we can play with space.

We are seeing the same with housing. Families are increasingly in favour of smaller houses and flats. This means more creativity is needed so as to make the most of the space, transforming it or making it more flexible: we need to make different uses compatible with one another or create readily changeable formats, recover abandoned or underused spaces, etc. The world of home décor is now more focused on imagination and intent rather than budget.

The Spanish company StreetBox are experts in recycling and redesigning containers and have launched a new idea. They propose using transport containers as homes, which allows houses to become bigger or smaller depending on the occupant’s budget or living conditions. The idea is that homes can evolve by becoming bigger or smaller depending on the family’s pace: one child moves back home, the other moves out, etc. It’s the end of abandoned spaces.

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