Pop-Up Housing Competition Designs Housing for the Homeless

© Levitt Bernstein HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment.)

Here's the winner of an interesting and important competition that challenged architects to design housing for the homeless for under £20,000 ($31,700) per unit. Whew, that is a challenge.

Organized by Building Trust International, the HOME competition attracted 450 proposals from over 50 cities. Architects and designers from 20 different countries are thinking about the same difficult issues.

© Levitt Bernstein

The winner was this design by Levitt Bernstein, slotted into abandoned garage spaces. The 23 sq. m. one room unit could be built for about £13,000 ($20,100). Each unit contains a sleeping area, washroom and kitchen facilities. The project would be built through an apprenticeship scheme with the components manufactured off-site and assembled in situ so it's quickly put-together and easily recycled as well.

© 360 Architects

Honourable mention to 360 Architects for this home inserted into a drainpipe. It can be expanded by adding more pipe components. The price is kept low because there is no need for a foundation, wall and underflooring. The exterior is strong and provides good insulation against the elements.

© Groundwork HK
There is something magical about the re-use of these train carriages. Designed by Groundwork HK, the trains "become homes and allow residents to continue life's journey (literally) across China from Hong Kong".

© Eleni Papaioannou & Amalia Skamagkouli

This proposal from students at the National Technical University of Athens pops a lightweight structure on vacant roof tops. It is targeted at the elderly with an open plan, lots of fresh air and great views.

© Insitu Studio

Urban Home Indy designed this in-fill house to be plunked on back alleys and vacant properties. As they explain: "The alley becomes a new address, not defined by the oversized scale of the auto-centric city but instead one that works with the scale of the pedestrian, the human scale." As with most of the projects, it is constructed off-site. The outside is made out of a coloured rubber roofing membrane which is weather resistant and durable.

See more inventive projects that got Honourable Mentions on the HOME competition's website.

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