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Affordable living modules are coming to London’s vacant buildings

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Lowe Guardians and Studio Bark created SHED to address the affordable housing crisis in the capital city

Photo of a small box home made with particle board and plastic doors set in a vacant building.
SHED is made from sustainable materials and can be built and taken down in a day.
Photos via Lowe Guardians

With a recent government study finding that more than 200,000 houses in London have remained empty for six months or longer and with homelessness on the rise in the capital city, designers and architects have been coming up with creative and ingenious solutions to address the affordable housing crisis there.

One such project is SHED, a modular, prefabricated, sustainable, and reusable structure that can be built (and taken down) in just one day and placed within an empty building to serve as temporary housing.

Conceived by London-based property management company Lowe Guardians and designed by Studio Bark, the one-room dwelling is made from low-cost and environmentally friendly materials like Oriented Stand Board, lamb’s wool insulation, and a small amount of recycled polyester—all made in the United Kingdom.

Construction requires just a mallet, drill, and screws, with the components slotting together. Adapted from their “U-Build” models, Studio Bark ensured that the insulated and soundproof module was not only flexible for short-term purposes but also responsible for long-term use.

Lowe Guardians manages vacant properties and offers temporary affordable housing within them to young professionals, creatives, and key workers who also act as live-in security.

Each SHED measures 120 square feet and costs about £5,500 (about $7,200) to build. Rent will cost between £300 and £400 ($392 and $523) per month. For more information, watch the video below.

Via: The Spaces