US – Architecture practice Superficium Studio has conceptualised a modifiable commune for the biohacker community.
The speculative BioHacker’s Residence is envisaged for Utah’s Red Rock desert. The remote shared space is designed to offer privacy for visiting biohackers to explore and self-administer processes to enhance and advance their physical beings, such as 3D organic printing and gene editing technology.
Superficium Studio in turn speculates that the architecture itself will be organic and regenerative, with components that can be repurposed or replaced with bio-integrated materials grown by the residents.
Recognising that gene editing 'lies on the cusps of legality and morality', the space would offer visitors comfort by being programmable to suit their needs, while its communal areas and living spaces are designed to physically unite residents to discuss and explore their desire for self-improvement.
In a similar vein, our macrotrend Enlightened States explores how future consumers will seek to re-engineer their intelligence by hacking their emotive states to better deal with life’s challenges.