Millennials in the US are finding it increasingly difficult to buy their own home today. Apparently, it will not be easier for future generations. However, the availability of rentals in cities such as New York and Los Angeles is not all right either. And even if you cross the border, you will find that in neighboring Canada, in Vancouver and Toronto, the rent is still high.
These two Canadian metropolitan areas are considered to be the center of attraction for young professionals, so it is imperative to provide them with affordable housing options that fit their lifestyle.
Architects from the BLA Design Group, based in Vancouver, have unveiled the Shifting Nests concept designed to address exactly this problem. Although Vancouver quickly became one of the most expensive cities to live in, it is not as densely built up and there is always the opportunity to find enough vacant sites that can be used better. Small houses Shifting Nests (the name can be translated as "portable nests") - just what you need!
The Shifting Nests project involves converting empty parking lots into residential communities with gardens and low-cost homes. Nests are prefabricated houses made of plywood, metal cladding panels, and corrugated polycarbonate.
Shifting Nests won first prize in the Bee Breeders Mircohome competition for its futuristic approach to solving the problem of affordable housing. “The jury of the competition was impressed by the well-thought-out linear layout, which implies the division of space into zones for living, recreation, water procedures, cooking and eating, and even a small vertical vegetable garden,” the project team explains.