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Home built by 2 million clicks

Big data shaped the design of this house in Sweden

November 08, 2015 04:00PM



Marrying big data and design, a prototype for a new residential concept in Sweden was created using “online preference clicks” and an analysis of 86,000 homes on the Hemnet property site.

Design firm, Tham & Viegard Arkitekter, describes the “Hemnet House” as a data experiment to lead the way for a new type of architecture, according to Stuff. The goal was to create the most statistically searched for home in Sweden.

The architects used statistics Hemnet users, which gave them the average size, price, number of rooms, bathrooms and floors searched for on the site.

“The aim was then to create architecture that combines the statistics with the features of the two iconic types – the rationality of the functionalistic box, combined with the quality of craftsmanship and material presence of the Falu red cottage,” the firm said in a statement.

We have to wonder though if the no-frills design is really just the lowest-common denominator.


1446846166700-1 [Stuff]Christopher Cameron