Smart Comfort

Future Living®, a residential project in Berlin-Adlershof, uses smart home solutions to ensure a high quality of life in old age. Therefore, the DEKRA Award 2019 was awarded in the category “Safety at Home”.

The first tenants are expected to move into the modern residential quarter in January 2020. Photo: GSW

The first tenants are expected to move into the modern residential quarter in January 2020. Photo: GSW

Future Living® comprises 90 barrier-free residential units with smart home solutions. Photo: GSW

Future Living® comprises 90 barrier-free residential units with smart home solutions. Photo: GSW

The Gesellschaft für Siedlungs- und Wohnungsbau in Baden-Württemberg (GSW) has taken up the cause of increasing comfort in old age and reducing fears of getting old. It is the sponsor of the Future Living® pilot project with 90 barrier-free housing units in Berlin. GSW attaches particular importance to equipping the rooms with various smart home solutions. With its barrier-free, relaxed architecture, Future Living® Berlin offers space for social interaction, just as older people wish for.

Birgid Eberhardt from the Gesellschaft für Siedlungs- und Wohnungsbau in Baden-Württemberg (GSW). Photo: Norbert Böwing

Birgid Eberhardt from the Gesellschaft für Siedlungs- und Wohnungsbau in Baden-Württemberg (GSW). Photo: Norbert Böwing

“In our modern society, fears of aging are quickly overlooked. But it is more important than ever to integrate the diverse possibilities of modern technology into everyday life,” states Birgid Eberhardt of the Smart Home Division Management at GSW, describing the project idea. In the modern residential quarter, the Smart Home equipment not only increased comfort but also subjective and objective safety, including intelligent lighting to prevent falls and smart smoke detection. It was precisely this increase in safety that was the central concern. In principle, Future Living® is also intended as a blueprint for future living and old age. The transferability of complete or individual solutions to other construction projects is easily possible. A project with learning character – for the whole society. The first tenants are expected to move in at the beginning of 2020.

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