A micro-home displayed as part of London Design Festival is being auctioned off to raise money for the Architecture Foundation
Slovenian architect OFIS Arhitekti worked with Shoreditch-based engineer AKT II to install the three-module Living Unit in Old Street Yard behind AHMM’s White Collar Factory.
Now it is up for sale on eBay – with the highest bid standing at £6,200 as of 5pm on Wednesday 19 September.
Made of timber frames reinforced by plywood boards, the Living Unit is designed for two people and contains a double bed, a wardrobe, table and chairs and the capability of adding a bathroom and kitchenette.
Delivery is free within London if the buyer can accept it on Saturday 29 September; outside the capital, delivery costs would be around £1,400. Installation costs have been estimated at £8,000.
Micro-homes are on the rise in London – 8,000 are being built in the capital each year, according to research carried out by OFIS – but many people have questioned whether they are the solution to the capital’s housing crisis, or part of the problem.
With a total area of 30m², the Living Unit comes in under the minimum space standard of 37m² set by the government, but OFIS’s Spela Videcnik said the aim of the installation was to encourage discussion on micro-homes.
‘As the capital’s population increases, can innovative temporary space-saving solutions offer a pragmatic approach for those who prioritise location over space?’ she said.
Micro home living unit ofis under construction
The practice believes an effective way of reducing housing costs would be to design ‘smaller volumes to live in, cheaper ways of constructing and, most radically, rid the idea that a home has to be permanent’.
The Living Unit, previously exhibited in Milan and at Slovenia’s Ljubljana Castle, was born out of a larger research initiative into the challenges of building under ‘extreme conditions’ such as the rising costs of land in London.
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