Could you live in the one square metre house?
This is the One-Sqm-House by architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel, founder of Hartz IV Möbel. Christine McLaren in a blog post for the BMW Guggenheim Lab looks at how they’re spreading the word about living and working small. “For those considering a stay in the One-Sqm-House, I can personally testify that these structures are perfectly sleep-worthy. Upright, they make for a cozy little mobile office or shop. Laid on their side they provide, perhaps not five-star accommodation, but close enough when it comes to value per, well, square meter.”
And here’s how Le-Mentzel puts it:
“What I’ve always been very skeptical of is the fact that our quality of life is so fixed to numbers. On euros, for example, and euros per square meter. When you look for an apartment, for example, the first thing you look at is the location, and then at the numbers—how many rooms, how many square meters? But when you really think about it, the square meters say nothing about the quality of the apartment, about the view from the window, how it smells, if the neighbors are nice. These are all things that you can’t put into numbers.”
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