Affordable Pre-Fab Fill-In Housing

Movable homes for young people could fill derelict lots in expensive cities


Pre-Fab Units Can Temporarily Fill Vacant Lots

Older urban areas can be a bundle of contradictions, where luxury homes share streets with derelict buildings and vacant lots. As affordable housing becomes ever more scarce and homelessness increases, large cities need to find ways to create affordable and attractive housing.  3Space does this in the UK by enabling charities to occupy vacant properties while landlords look for commercial tenants. Heijmans, a Netherlands based architectural firm plans to solve these issues by offering pre-fab affordable housing to be temporarily installed on vacant lots in various locations. They expect to start out by housing Amsterdam’s employed millennials, who are typically priced out of the city’s rental market.

Heijmans ONE is a self-contained two story living unit, equipped with basic modern conveniences including a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and outside patio space. The pre-fab units are wood framed, run entirely on electricity and have energy producing capability. The small units have a modern, open design and are built in the Netherlands. Single units can be installed in a day and the product quality rivals traditional housing.


Heijmans aims to provide affordable temporary housing for new workers at a cost of EUR 700 per month. The spaces can be government owned or acquired by property developers and when land development begins, the units can be transferred to a new location. Check out the video below to learn more:


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About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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