Service of Living : Obos Living Lab

The demand for housing in Oslo has rapidly increased in the last decades. Consequently the market has shifted, and put pressure on both cost and quality. One can argue that presently, housing design is driven by market forces and their definition of homes, not on knowledge of home-related practices.

Buildings are built for people, and by people. We believe decision makers, developers, architects and designers can develop buildings more fitted to the needs of users today. By combining tools and methods available from social sciences, service design and architecture,  we can go deeper into routines and behaviours of today’s households.

Family structures, consumption patterns, technology, the way we work, the way we eat — in general the way we live our lives — have changed. At the same time it’s been a rising awareness of sustainable living, especially in urban areas. Why haven’t the housing typologies changed to answer these issues?

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design in collaboration with Comte Bureau would like to find answers to that question. This Spring, we have been collaborating in a cross disciplinary Master Course focusing on OBOS Living lab, called — the Service of Living.
Students explored a cross-disciplinary, user-based working process and methodology. Ranging from defining needs of target groups, to translating the needs into solutions, and finally methodology for testing the design solutions with the target groups. All aspects that influence the way we live, were taken in consideration: energy, food, technology, social and economic aspects.

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Students: Johan Møller, Regina Von Koch, Sophia Vaccani, June Steinhovden, Sigrid Løvlie, Erika Kukkonen, Kersten Williams, Hanne Pedersen Falstad

Teachers: Ted Matthews, Joana Sa Lima, Hanna Birkeland Bergh


Anne-Kristine Kronborg, Bjarke Ingels, Beatrice Galilee, Tor Inge Hjemdal, Øystein Evensen, Erlend Nyhammer, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Halvor K. Skrede, Camilla Jensen Thorup, Jan Bjørkelo, Lene Haus, Kirsti Svenning, Wenche Engseth, Hanne Løvbrøtte