Rejoice, struggling city dwellers. Shout from the non-accessible rooftops of your $2,000-a-month studios. An artist has developed a way for urbanites to live in ridiculously small, mildly horrifying abodes on the cheap. In fact, this housing will make its occupants money. The catch, of course, is that these houses are made of billboards—but what starry-eyed youth hasn't dreamt of living between two planks advertising petroleum products?
It's all the scheme of Belgian artist Karl Philips, who endeavored to create housing for European nomads—"the margins of society society and those who move within" he says—all the while commenting on the ubiquitousness of corporate sponsorship and advertising. Like the other fellow who decided to live in a billboard for art's sake, this idea, part of Philips' The Good, the Bad, the Ugly project, is interesting as a creative undertaking, but in an actual practice? Well, whether that's smart or frightening depends on who you ask.
· Billboards Double as Mini-Apartments for City Dwellers [PSFK]
· Karl Philips Bio [official site]
· Stand Aside, Micro-Homes: This Billboard is an Apartment [Curbed National]