Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners's Y-Cube is a colorful modular prefab that could offer a solution to the housing crisis in the UK. The 85 square foot home can be easily craned just about anywhere to provide comfortable pop-up accommodations. The firm recently partnered with the YMCA to create a test community of stacked Y-Cubes that will offer affordable housing.
The red Y-Cube might look like a house from the Monopoly board game, but it’s not playing around when it comes to innovative design. Each Y-Cube unit costs around $50,000, and they’re built in a factory and can be transported on the back of a truck. The cubes offer a modest living room, a kitchen, and separate bedrooms. The YMCA rents this model out for around $233 a week.
Taking the Y-Cube model to the next level, the YMCA has commissioned a 36 unit test site in the town of Mitcham. Each cube will serve as a building block for an apartment complex stacked three units high with a classic peaked roof. The units will be arranged in a U formation, and they will share a common garden in the middle.
The YMCA’s Y-Cube communities offer a more comfortable alternative to hostels, and their modular design offers tenants privacy and a feeling of home ownership. Each tenant is expected to stay for three to five years. If the test sites are successful, the YMCA hopes to install 150 units overall.
Via Arch Daily