The growth of micro houses

Architects are designing micro houses in response to rising demand for accommodation.

In large cities such as London and New York, spiralling house prices and rents have created a housing crisis. There is demand for temporary accommodation for immigrants arriving in Europe to escape war torn areas. In some areas, land is scarce with little room for large scale housing development. Could the solution be to build smaller living spaces?

The Light House

Bangkok studio All(zone) has designed box-like micro dwellings that are designed to be set up in unfinished high rise buildings.

The frame of this 11.5 square metre structure is a polyethylene-coated metal grid. Inside the walls are net and fabric. The dwelling has a main living room, a changing room and a sleeping room. The structure costs £790 and can be moved and set up in a different site if the high rise building needs to be occupied.

Shipping containers

Another accommodation solution is to convert shipping containers to houses. In Amsterdam, the Keetwonen project has built the biggest container city in the world to house students. The containers are well insulated and are equipped with a bathroom and kitchen. The project has proved an affordable and popular choice for Dutch students.

My Micro NY

My Micro is New York’s first micro-apartment complex, with units from 260 to 360 square feet. Each apartment is made from pre-fabricated units and has a kitchen area, bathroom, high ceilings and large windows. Rent starts at $2,000 a month which is below New York’s average rent of $3,642.

Tokyo small houses

Unemori Architects in Tokyo have created narrow timber houses that occupy just 17.47 square meters of ground, but are four stories tall with one room on each floor.

Micro dwelling solutions may be the answer to the housing shortage.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
November 10, 2015

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