28 Feb '14, 2pm

Richard Rogers designs $50K flatpack homes for the homeless

Richard Rogers designs $50K flatpack homes for the homeless

In 1971 the firm of Piano + Rogers won the competition to build what became Paris's Pompidou Centre , one of the most important buildings of the 20th century, an icon of high-tech and prefabrication. They split up in 1977, yet seem to have continued on parallel paths. Last year Renzo Piano showed his lovely little high tech mini-house ; now Richard Rogers shows that he can do mini-houses too, with his design for a 300 square foot low-cost prefabricated house, the Y-Cube, designed for the British YMCA. © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners It is designed as short term transitional housing for people moving on from hostels. Archdaily quotes: “The beauty is that the units can be moved off site as quickly as they are installed,” says Andy Redfearn of the YMCA, “as we operate on short-term leases – we expect people to stay [in the Y-Cube] for between three to five years, giving the...

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