Dwell One

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Demographic Research Journal’s issue says, Living Alone: One-person household in Asia (2015), addresses this type of household as the fastest growing living situation in the world, especially in Asia. The current social welfare system and institutions not only fall short of supporting the one-person household, but the distribution and utilization of resources are known to be limited to and facilitated for an ideal family household.

“Table for one”, a request that is becoming an increasingly common occurrence amongst urban dwellers, especially and according to The Guardian in the European and North American. In East Asia, especially in South Korea and Japan, this phenomenon has manifested & exaggerated. Whereas in Japan, ramen cubicle for one is a trend, South Korea has even created a term for lone diners hon ap. Yet, dining alone is associated with the abnormal, away from the usual practice and globally excepted notion of well-being.


Reflecting on the fact that an increase of single-person household, it has become imperative to imagine housing and dwelling outside of ideal family household; single-person household, old age home, hospice, sanatorium, home for orphans, group home, etc.

How does a single person dwelling confirm its normality and well-being? Sitting at the threshold of communal and private, or simultaneously confining and liberating, the single person dwelling is purposed as both: for isolation and production, shift between these two states of being.

Within the current urban situation, the notion of single-person dwelling is not limited to individuals outside of the ideal family, rather it has become essential questions towards the consciousness within individuals that how to be well-being without dependent on the image of the ideal family.


Design brief: Designing a single person dwelling within a community, neighbourhood and/or an apartment/housing in which the dwelling is located. The dwelling may or may not include all basic functions for dwelling, such as kitchen, bathroom and so on. Instead of designing self-sufficient dwelling, participants are encouraged to create a narrative which describes the supporting system & engagement to fulfil basic functions, thereby articulating the relationship between the dwelling & society.