Watch: Japanese and English architecture collide to address London’s housing crisis

August 26th, 2016

London's awesome and everything, but damn, is it expensive to live there. It's an ongoing problem that drives many to leave the city when it's no longer sensible or possible to keep residing there. Architecture student Matt Lucraft has proposed an innovative solution to the issue in the form of the Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative. The project blends together traditional...

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London’s awesome and everything, but damn, is it expensive to live there. It’s an ongoing problem that drives many to leave the city when it’s no longer sensible or possible to keep residing there.

Architecture student Matt Lucraft has proposed an innovative solution to the issue in the form of the Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative. The project blends together traditional English and historic Japanese architecture to form a “community-driven, future-conscious housing scheme,” according to Lucraft’s website.

Buildings in the project could be easily and cheaply adapted to meet new housing needs as they arrive, avoiding the need for expensive and disruptive development – also looking incredible at the same time. Think of it a little like Sim City, where you can slot, stack together and add to buildings in the most satisfyingly space-saving and symmetrical ways imaginable. The dwellings are based on the compact but cosy spaces found in many Japanese residential properties.

Speaking to Deezen, Lucraft explained the ethos behind the project in further detail: “It is both a subversive act of defiance against volume house builders, and an optimistic gesture of relentless invention that, if you were willing to take a leap of faith, might just actually work.”

We wholly agree – sometimes, relentless invention and a leap of faith are exactly what’s needed.

Check Lucraft’s website to see more grand designs featured in the project.

 

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