Reinventing the Family Home for the Boomerang Generation

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By Heather Corcoran / Published by Dwell
With the Home Back Home #03 prototype, ENORME Studio and IKEA España partner to create flexible solutions for when grown kids move home.
Reinventing the Family Home for the Boomerang Generation - Photo 1 of 10 - To create a temporary bedroom and study space for a PhD student, ENORME used simple components provided by IKEA. 

To create a temporary bedroom and study space for a PhD student, ENORME used simple components provided by IKEA. 

As more and more young adults are moving back to their family houses, architects and designers are exploring ways to ease the transition. With the prototype project Home Back Home, Madrid's ENORME Studio is examining how this generational shift is reshaping contemporary ideas of the home.

Reinventing the Family Home for the Boomerang Generation - Photo 2 of 10 - The goal was to design a semiprivate space that would not interrupt the family's main living area.

The goal was to design a semiprivate space that would not interrupt the family's main living area.

In the third iteration of the Home Back Home project, ENORME created a room for Ana Mombiedro, a young woman returning to her family house to work on a PhD in neuroscience and architectural space. As is often the case when grown children move back, her bedroom was no longer available, leaving the designers to colonize a portion of the living room to create a combined bedroom and study. 

Reinventing the Family Home for the Boomerang Generation - Photo 3 of 10 - The ENORME Studio team works with a model to develop the Home Back Home #03 prototype project.

The ENORME Studio team works with a model to develop the Home Back Home #03 prototype project.

The latest iteration of the project, which was developed at the Instituto Do It Yourself in May and June of 2016, was sponsored by IKEA España's IKEALAB program. The architects took advantage of the brand's easily accessible pieces to build a platform that combines sleeping and study functions with a simple storage system for books or up to 40 pairs of shoes. 

To balance the needs of the home's new tenant with those of the existing family, ENORME focused on creating impermanent alterations that can simply be fabricated with readily available IKEA components. 

Home Back Home will be a part of After Belonging, the 2016 edition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, which runs from September 8–November 27, 2016. 

Reinventing the Family Home for the Boomerang Generation - Photo 4 of 10 - Working with the IKEA components at the Instituto Do It Yourself space.

Working with the IKEA components at the Instituto Do It Yourself space.

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Cover photo by Javier de Paz García, estudioballoon.es