More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas and that number is projected to continue increasing. In fact, by 2050, 66 percent of people will be city dwellers. As cities continue to burst at the seams with the influx of residents, affordable housing is becoming more and more of a problem.
One company, Cube Haus, has found a creative solution to this issue. The firm’s founders, Philip Bueno de Mesquita and Paul Tully, want to offer city residents prefab modular home options that can be adapted to fit in unused urban areas. They hope that this approach will recapture wasted but valuable space in a way that is not only practical but also attractive.
The duo, whose backgrounds are in creative and marketing industries, has recruited four prominent architects to design these unique homes which will hopefully disrupt the housing market as a problem-solving model. Cube Haus’s dream team list of designers includes Adjaye Associates, Skene Catling de la Peña, Carl Turner Architects and Faye Toogood.
One city which is reaching new heights with affordable housing issues is London. The duo is looking to prove their concept here and is creating a portfolio of homes that can fit a range of needs depending on the home owner’s design taste and the size of the unused plot.
While the design features and styles may vary, all the homes are created as modular systems so they can realistically adapt to different area sizes. The homes can either be bought for self-builders or Cub Haus can install them on sites purchased sites.
There are a few environmental benefits to this approach to housing. To begin with, modular homes almost always create less waste than traditional building methods. As a result, the homes can be made cheaper and faster. Cube Haus’ components for the London homes will be made locally in the UK instead of being imported from overseas. The houses will also be made with sustainable materials like cross-laminated timber.
Besides offering eco-friendly solutions, these well designed homes are all about quality control while giving people the option to buy a home that is architect-designed. Still, no two homes will be alike since they will be fitted into all kinds of award angles and plots, so these homes won’t ever have that cookie cutter feel that comes with many prefab homes.
The team hopes to also make lengthy building permitting processes a thing of the past once they’ve built enough homes to prove that this system is seamless, safe and sensible. While the first batch of new homes may not be as cheap as many buyers would like (The Guardian reports three-bed homes may be priced around £650,000) costs can usually be brought down once companies are able to scale their products and designs.
The duo, which hopes to create “an ethical developer model that would break new ground by marrying some of the awkward urban spaces we often come across unexpectedly in the city with great looking sustainable homes” will be able to test their Tetris like architectural system soon as the first homes will go up this summer. If this system proves to be truly successful on a large scale, there is a potential for urban dwellers around the world to embrace unused plots and build useful sustainable homes everywhere.
More From Green Matters
New Report Reveals Which Sustainable Toilet Paper Brands Are Actually Sustainable — And Which Aren't
A new report ranks the most — and the least — eco-friendly toilet paper options on the market.
Who knew that “going green” could mean literally going green?
So many exciting plant-based foods rolled out over the past week. Anyone else feeling hungry?
There’s a reason why plants are a zero waster’s best friend.