Management company Lowe Guardians has started an initiative called The SHED Project that installs micro-homes inside vacant buildings across London.
It started as the company saw a need for housing for young professionals. By adding these micro-homes into empty properties like warehouses and office blocks they offer a creative solution for both vacant space and young people.
The founder, Tim Lowe, pitched the idea for London architecture office Studio Bark. They came up with the design for this, kind of DIY, home as an alternative guardianship where people pay very little rent to live in abandoned buildings. The idea came to him after witnessing the often squalid living condition of the buildings.
The houses are designed to be easy to assemble and take apart. They can be put together in just one day using a mallet and a drill. This way they are easy to transport into other locations.
The walls are made from Smartply, a material formed of a mix of oriented strand board and recycled polyester. They are insulated with lambs wool for warmth and soundproofing.
Although this project is now aimed at young professionals and creatives; Lowe Guardians have added that the design could be used in the future to provide accommodation for homeless people and refugees.
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