Kraaijvanger Architecten's detached units introduce a home's essential elements into shell spaces

Flexibility is integral to the concept, as the individual units can suit a variety of living arrangements.

ROTTERDAM – Conceived for the Havensteder housing association’s design competition, The Hub is Kraaijvanger Architecten’s answer to the competition’s question ‘how we might live in the future?’ Comprised of compact units, the stand-alone system offers all the necessities of an apartment. The freestanding blocks are equipped to adapt any interior into a comfortable living space. The architect comments: 'The Hub is a quick solution to achieve accommodation in vacant premises and thus an alternative to the long planning periods in the property sector.'

Users may rent the units which can be quickly installed on-site. Infrastructure for heating, plumbing and electricity – and even an internet connection and sound system – are integrated in order to create a self-sustained dwelling no matter what the shell space offers. Via pipes and wires in the floor, utilities can connect directly to the existing building at one single point.

The project offers two distinctive units, the first incorporates a kitchen, toilet and shower room, whilst the second comprises a bedroom with storage space. Flexibility is integral to the concept, as the individual units can be combined to suit a variety of living arrangements, including a family apartment and student accommodation.

The Hub’s pilot apartment has been installed in Rotterdam’s Zomerhofkwartier and is currently being used on a trial basis to test the true feasibility of the concept.

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