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Shipping container pools, homes and farms

We are great fans of upcycled shipping containers. After all, what will become of the world’s estimated 20 million shipping containers? Many spend their lives ferrying items from China to Europe and beyond to fuel our consumer lifestyles – their return journeys frequently carrying more than a third of the waste plastic and paper collected by British local authorities, supermarkets…

The three-storey micro house that squats on a car parking space

Parking charges and residents’ permits rarely, if ever, reflect the real estate value of the land or road space occupied by the car. And yet, it’s an issue that drivers feel extremely strongly about. Earlier this year we built a fake skip in which to store bicycles, but so angry were some drivers that we were temporarily replacing a single…

Upcycled roof-top dwelling skirts need for planning permission

Killing numerous birds with one stone, the H-VAC house provides quick-build living space on existing brownfield sites using upcycled materials whilst bypassing the need for planning permission. The H-VAC is an architectural chameleon, disguising itself as a large air conditioning unit in “a playful subversion of planning legislation, exploiting permitted development rights for rooftop plant.” The clever dwelling, which can…

Tiny homes help low-income families onto property ladder

A Detroit-based social services agency is constructing a neighbourhood of ‘tiny homes’ in a bid to help local low-income families become homeowners. The project aims to build 25 houses ranging from 250 to 400 square feet in size, each equipped with a bed, dining area and sofa, as well as a range of cooking and cleaning appliances. Each has its own unique…