Bayerische Modular Wohnungen
Commercialization of the historical inner cities of Europe has pushed residential zones to the edges of town, not only devaluating the quality of urbanity as a mixed use city centre, but also causes the clogging of city infrastructural arteries and pollution. Munich is a clear example of this. For 10 years now, the city policy has been to promote housing in the inner cities, but economical benefits did not allow this. We proposed converting half of the shrinking car-production capacity of BMW into producing prefab housing units. Economical demands (the car industry is 50% of Munich's economical value) and political wishes (5.000 houses in the inner city) are combined. With this small unit, based on the size of a car (2,5 x 5m) , a flexible urban infill is possible. The infill can easily adapt to the usual tight urban situations in the historical European cities. Building urban mountains of these units brings the single family house back into the heart of the inner city. Larger houses, multiple rooms and gardens will tempt the families back into the historical city. By borrowing car industry principles such as typology customization and lease constructions, a mixed use complex can be created, with working, living and recreation in the same constellation. Sustainable principles are thought of in the site layout (solar orientation), reusable construction methods (spaceframe of steel units), and energetic measures (roof spaces used as energy gardens. Affordable housing units is one, a revitalization of Munich economy is two, sustainability is three. The inner city can be reviltalized.


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