The Big World Homes project aims to be a new model of affordable housing, and its modular mobile design could make it a good fit for ‘pop-up’ communities on unused land.
Australia’s Big World Homes, led by architect Alexander Symes, is taking on expensive city housing with its design for tiny modular homes that are shipped flat-packed, and can be set up in just a few days, with no other tools than a drill and a hammer, and are just a fraction of the cost of most of the homes currently on the market. It’s like tiny homes meets single-wide mobile homes meets IKEA, and although the project is still in its infancy, the idea has the potential to help overcome one of the barriers to home ownership, which is the incredibly high cost, especially in cities.
Not only are these tiny homes designed to be simple and quick to build, but they’re also intended to be relatively self-sufficient, thanks to solar panels and a rain catchment system, which can allow them to bypass the need to be connected into city infrastructure, which can add to the cost and complexity of building a home. One of the other aspects of current home ownership costs is the value of the land beneath the home (and the labor costs), which is considered in the price of housing, and which this project intends to circumvent by placing the off-grid homes in communities on unused land.