The Soft House

Furniture is usually an offset of the right-angled walls, floors, and ceilings of our homes. The standard sizes and forms of furniture, such as sofas, do not equate to comfort, as proved by the study of the protagonist and her flat. Over time all positions on the sofa resulted in discomfort, and increasing the size is not always an option or a solution to this problem. In the Soft House, we use the sofa as a protagonist to disrupt the norm and explore the architectural possibilities of softness. The softness overwhelms the house and all its elements. But what is the meaning of ‘soft’? Soft is interpreted to mean: squishy, smooth, malleable, flexible, soft lighting, soft forms, and software. The following design explorations look to see how these words change the architectural design of the house – changing everything from the bathtub to the stairs, and the ceiling to the use of the kitchen worktop. The Soft House challenges the conventional understanding of comfort as a soft, squishy addition to the home, and makes softness and integral part of the architecture: forms, flexible use of space, materials, and ambiguous datums.