We have noticed an increase in temporary retail manifestations around the world, commonly referred to as ‘Pop-Up Shops’ this trend has also popped-up in the world of relocation in the form of cost-effective and space saving temporary accommodation solutions.
In this article, we look at examples of alternatives to hotels or shared temporary accommodation. Would you consider any of the following services?
An alternative to hotel stay
Dutch designers Lieke Jildou de Jong and Alei Verspoor are developing what they call the ‘Fold Inn’. Fold Inn is a box that unfolds into a flexible bedroom. It offers a temporary residence by creating private rooms within larger or vacant spaces.
This ‘bed-to-go’ is designed especially for the travelling businessperson on a brief trip away from home.
Swedish architects, Tengbom, in collaboration with students at the University of Lund are developing student accommodation, called ‘Smart Student Units’.
The compact 10 square metres flat consists of a comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio. The unit is now displayed in Virserum Art Museum in Småland, Sweden. In 2014, 22 units will be built and ready for students to move into.
Mobile Town Square!
Cricklewood, in North West London, is a community with no public space: no town hall, no library, no square, not even a single bench.
In response, Spacemakers, a London based design agency created ‘Cricklewood Town Square’: a mobile public space which roamed across the area from 31st August to 28th September 2013, hosting a series of free events such as a dog show, and film screenings.