August 04, 2014
Ulrike Wagenknecht

The German term for living -„wohnen“ – derives from the old German word „wonen“ which included different meanings like „to be satisfied“, „stay“ or „insist on“. These meanings show what „living“ should be – it should be a place that offers satisfaction in the meaning of „peace and security“, a place for feeling well and a place that invites to stay. So living belongs – among others – to the essential necessities of life.

The relation between the German „wohnen“ and „gewohnt“ – meaning „to be used to“ – is obvious. We are used to and we know the place where we live. The larger our environment becomes, the more unknown and complex it is.

We create structures to make our habitat as pleasant and comfortable as possible. We dedicate our rooms to demands and activities.

A flat doesn’t only offer protection against the weather and dangers but it offers protection against the public as well. It makes privacy possible. One can live there self-determined, autonom – depending on law and form of living and on the size of  the room. In these private rooms very personal and private events and interactions take place. So the habitat should be designed exactly according to this meaning.