These unique “Shabby Shabby Apartments” recently popped up in unexpected locations around Munich’s shopping district as a commentary on rising costs of living in the area. Envisioned by architecture collective Raumlabor and Munich Kammerspiele, they are made from repurposed objects like old clothes, scrap wood and even yellow-painted bathtubs. At only € 28 a night for two people, these temporary dwellings stand as a playful battle against the housing crisis in the city.
120 architecture students, designers, artists guided by Berlin collective Raumlabor built the Shabby Shabby Apartments. The best 24 temporary designs were selected by an international jury and built as part of a one week “work camp”. Crafted from all sorts of recycled and repurposed materials like old wood, used clothes, plastic sheeting, pallets, cardboard and even bathtubs, the cabins were up for rent at € 28 for two people, including breakfast.
The cute urban cabins stood for one month offering affordable accommodation in contrast to the elegant and often overpriced shopping area of Munich Stadtraum. While some of them were self-standing, other “rooms” were built around vacant spaces like old passageways in-between buildings.
Raulabor’s Shabby Shabby Apartments comprise a humorous contribution to the serious debate on the exorbitant housing situation in Munich.
Photos by Jakob Schoof