A Micro Housing Proposal For the Sides of Buildings

  • May 19th 2015

by Lark Turner

A Micro Housing Proposal For the Sides of Buildings: Figure 1

A design idea from architect Michael Perry would take an innovative approach to affordable housing: By installing it on the sides of buildings.

The Cliff Swallow Apartment, named after the birds’ nest from which it borrow its shape, is a temporary micro-unit that envisions housing attached to the side of existing buildings. The idea recently won the social impact award in AIA and Houzz’s Future of Architecture Competition.

A Micro Housing Proposal For the Sides of Buildings: Figure 2

Perry isn’t the first to think of using the space between buildings for micro housing; the skinny Keret House, for example, also puts innovative tiny living into underutilized space.

But unlike Keret House, which is accessible from the street, the Cliff Swallow Apartment would affix to the side of a building above street-level. The tiny, dual-level space includes a bed, shower, toilet and kitchen.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/an_affordable_housing_proposal_goes_micro/9904.

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