Architect Bill Dunster OBE has come up with a new approach to the UK's housing crisis in the form of ZED Pod houses – small, low-cost energy efficient homes aiming to provide high quality living conditions for young people within the city over existing car parking spaces. These would solve the problem of space shortage and would significantly lower costs for potential buyers.
The conceptual ‘pod home’ would be around 74ft² floor space and sit on stilts. Due to its prefabricated nature it would be easy and quick to construct. The Architect estimated that a row of typical houses could be erected and commissioned in just under a month. This flexible approach would allow for accommodating various types of people like holiday makers, young professionals or single people wishing to get on to the property ladder.
The zero-net approach would minimise the demand for energy and water and therefore provide very small or no energy bills at all by incorporating solar panels, water recycling systems and electric vehicle charging points. There would be a good shared communal space and great access to public transport. The price of a single house was estimated to be between £50,000 and £60,000 as there would be no need for land acquisition.
Mr Dunster told The Independent newspaper “There always seemed to be no land available for affordable housing. The only way of providing any seems to be as a small percentage of a private development, which is reluctantly negotiated as it reduces developer’s profit. The best plan seemed to be to find large areas already tarmacked with excellent public transport connections to city centres. Park and rides or existing neighbourhood shopping centres are a good start.”
Our Design Team visited the London ExCel Exposition where one of the first ‘pod house’ design concepts was introduced to public. The idea is still struggling to get off the ground for now but we are excited to see these concepts being brought to life. The pod home concept could not only be an opportunity to tackle the housing crisis but also to provide new innovative designs which could solve the problem of commuting into cities. More information can be found at:
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