All photos via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
The problem of affordable housing in ski towns has received national attention lately, most recently from the New York Times. Writer Jack Healy succinctly describes the housing problem when he writes that the crisis is "a symptom of widening economic inequality, one that is especially sharply felt in tiny resort towns hemmed in by beautiful but undevelopable public land." Towns from Whistler to Telluride are attempting to tackle the issue, with some contemplating tiny homes as a possible solution. We believe that tiny homes could go a long way in creating more affordable housing in ski towns, and these Norwegian micro cabins could be an interesting blueprint to follow. Built by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the cabins were designed to house a family while still maintaining some division and private space. Two of the units house bedrooms and bathrooms while the main cabin offers a kitchen, living room, and floor-to-ceiling views. The cabins' orientation also creates an outdoor living space in the center. This model could be replicated in ski towns to creating individual bedroom cabins around communal living spaces and kitchens.
What do you think, Curbediverse? Would this type of communal living help combat rising housing costs?
· Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter [Official Site]