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Horden Cherry Lee boxes clever with compact student homes

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These images have been released of a new 'box flat' which could solve London's student accommodation problems.

London-based Horden Cherry Lee Architects is currently building a trial village of the £35,000 'Micro-Compact Homes' (M-CH) in Munich and hopes the experiment could be repeated in this country.

According to the concept's creator, Richard Horden, the 2.m-high cubic apartments may well be recreated in London if the right site can be found.

The compact homes, which will be occupied in November, integrate a stowaway bed, desk, kitchen, WC and shower. Equipped with a flat-screen TV, internet access and air conditioning, the M-CH is easily transportable. Horden said: 'It's a new form of smart living - business class for students.'

The homes can be treated as a single unit - raised above the ground on an aluminium frame - and placed in a garden for private use.

Alternatively the student digs may be grouped in horizontal or vertical arrangements (pictured) or form even larger villages, for student accommodation or short-stay business use.

by Rob Sharp

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