World Architecture Festival 2016 is putting the spotlight on housing. With the theme of Housing for Everyone, architects from around the globe are presenting their ideas on the topic.
The topic of housing comes as a much needed response to the refugee crisis. Based in Berlin, the subject is suitably relevant. Not only this, but nothing else could be more at the heart of architecture than housing. Most architects have at least partaken in the design of their own home or that of a relative’s. Here’s a look at some interesting perspectives on housing to have come to the surface this year.
The efficiency of living isn’t just about energy and space, it’s also about the quality of life. What’s the use of a huge energy efficient tower block if the people inside feel isolated. Apartment buildings from the 70’s all the way to the 00’s are known for a lack of space for social interaction.
Design firm Leckie Studio focus on making housing accessible. That may sound like a not so radical idea, but their flat pack cabin is accessible in every sense. Inspired by that dude with IKEA, the team wanted to make a house that a group of people could assemble by themselves. The prospect of building your own home is usually an exciting but daunting one. It costs a lot of money, you need to hire experts to work on each part of the house, and it takes time. But imagine if your house came in a package and could be assembled by you and your friends.
This is the thinking behind the recreational cabin. It comes neatly packed, and can be configured in a number of ways from the same envelope. Leckie Studio target this towards the nature-lovers that dream of living in the wilderness. It can be erected in wild areas, inaccessible by road. The prefabricated shell allows dwellers to furnish it themselves, turning them into unique, comfortable homes.
Taking a look into the future of housing, the ‘House of Wonder’ is a gallery of Werner Aisslinger’s work on display at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. His pieces will fill the two-storey paternoster hall in the museum. The hall has been transformed into a vision of the future; a model studio that holds predictions for the future of our lifestyle as well as interior design. The pieces respond directly to the constantly changing reality of human life. It offers unconventional solutions to product design and a practical approach to ecology and sustainability. This gallery is a fascinating peek into the future of domestic life. From pop-up houses, to robot gardeners, it seems to have it all.
The exhibition will run for ten months until September 2017.
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