One such community is located on the outskirts of the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The Trudo Housing Corporation enlisted Amsterdam-based Studio Elmo Vermijs to design the small homes for individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, and those who generally have difficulty living in traditional residential areas.
Riffing on the concept of Skaeve Huse, a term that originated in Denmark and roughly means “special homes for special people,” the studio designed the dwellings as a more permanent and energy-efficient solution to the typically temporary accommodations.
The cottages are sited among trees and measure 33 square meters, or about 355 square feet, and are characterized by a silhouette that appears as two connected volumes of varying dimensions. Each house features a corrugated facade, an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom, high ceilings, window frames that project outward from the walls, some of which are slanted, and a unique color scheme.