David Cole

Levitt Bernstein's Pop-Up HAWSE Proposal Transforms London's Unused Garages into Temporary Housing

by , 10/24/12

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Building Trust International has named Levitt Bernstein as the winner of their open international HOME competition for his intriguing proposal to create pop-up housing in unused garages on London’s existing housing estates. The architecture firm intends the Pop-Up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) design to provide job-training while creating much-needed small temporary housing for the British capital’s homeless population.

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pop-up HOUSE, prefab housing, temporary housing, building trust international, london architecture, levitt bernstein

Designed to utilize passive techniques, each one bedroom home features a public living space with small kitchen, a bathroom and a largely private sleeping area. Homes would be clustered in communal unit of 2-4s individual residences, with each residence projected to cost under 16,000 pounds sterling.

The project would be delivered through an apprenticeship scheme with components manufactured off-site as a kit of parts, making the structures are quick to assemble and able to be inhabited immediately—with the components being demountable and reusable. The proposal offers not only a home, but also education opportunities in construction techniques, a way of regenerating street frontage and a practical interim solution between other development possibilities.

Georgie Revell, one of the architects behind the winning design explained “the proposal targets under-used spaces in high density areas where land value is high and rising. We believe it offers a creative and practical interim solution between other development opportunities and we’re really excited about the potential to develop the scheme with Building Trust and our partners.”

+ Building Trust International
+ Levitt Bernstein

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