Building for tomorrow is not only linked to the question “How to build?” – with innovative, sustainable and climate-friendly materials, of course – but also with the question “What should be built?” »: mini-houses, single-family houses or apartment buildings? We describe three interesting ideas that also save space, a scarce resource in German cities.
Cities today already need to house a lot of people in very little space. A German idea factory called Certain Measures has developed a futuristic concept with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). The CFF Autonomous House consists of an extremely modular space with sleeping area and WC. Its heart, however, is the attached storage core, where items such as a stove or shower as well as furniture, such as tables, chairs or sofas, are kept and can be automatically moved around the room in the event of an emergency. need. This is how the space is transformed from a bathroom into a dining room, an office or a living room.
Flatsharing is the future
Long popular with students, shared accommodation has only recently acquired the status of a concept of the future in Germany under the name of “collaborative cohabitation”. This involves sharing as many common rooms as possible in apartments or houses while having little private space to yourself. Depending on the needs, whether it is a shared apartment for seniors or an accommodation where families or several generations live together, the shared space can consist of a few common areas or all but one private room. Anyway, compared to the normal German house (several rooms, kitchen, bathroom), it saves a lot of space and significantly reduces the energy consumption per capita.
Tiny houses have been popular for many years. They are now also available as luxury new builds, but originally they were very simple accommodations, refurbished construction trailers or recycled containers. They all have the limited floor space of a house with a maximum area of 45 square meters. However, this concept is less suitable for urban areas, unless the containers are stacked on top of each other. Otherwise, these tiny houses use more space than micro apartments in housing blocks due to the land area they require.
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