Richard Rogers’ Pre-Fab Y-Cube Takes on UK Housing Crisis

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CopyThe Y-Cube, a £30,000 factory-built 26 square meter flat which can be easily transported and craned into place, has been prototyped and successfully tested in the UK. The YMCA asked Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to create the Y-Cube, an affordable alternative for residents moving on from the non-profit’s hostels. And now, the YMCA wants more of these one-bedroom dwellings. “The beauty is that the units can be moved off site as quickly as they are installed,” says Andy Redfearn of the YMCA, “as we operate on short-term leases – we expect people to stay [in the Y-Cube] for between three to five years, giving them time to skill up and save for a deposit.” The red oblong box, which has already been nicknamed ‘the Monopoly hotel,’ takes eight weeks to build in the factory and one week to install on site. Rented out at £140 per week, the YMCA projects the project will pay for itself in 15 years and guarantee a 5% return to speculating “social investors.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners The prototype, tested this February, achieved the highest rating (Level 6) of the code for sustainable homes in the UK, prompting the YMCA to order 36 more units for a large-scale test site in Mitcham. The units will be stacked three-high and arranged in a horse-shoe configuration around a small garden. A second 36-unit scheme received planning permission this week for the Leather Gardens estate in Newham. Save this picture!Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners “The next step is to find a bigger scheme. If we can get the demand right – something like 150-plus units per year – the aim would have a factory in the borough itself, employing local people at the heart of the community,” says Ivan Harbour, the RSH+P partner in charge of the project.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Read more at the Guardian and BD Online. Save this picture!Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersTopfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise ArchitectsSelected ProjectsSpanish Pavilion Expo Zaragoza 2008 / Francisco MangadoSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this authorAndrew GipeAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsResidential ArchitectureHousingArchitecture NewsYMCARichard RogersRogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersUnited KingdomGreat BritainBritainHousingCite: Andrew Gipe. “Richard Rogers’ Pre-Fab Y-Cube Takes on UK Housing Crisis ” 27 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Please enable JavaScript to view thecomments powered by Disqus.Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Richard Rogers’ Pre-Fab Y-Cube Takes on UK Housing CrisisSave this articleSaveRichard Rogers’ Pre-Fab Y-Cube Takes on UK Housing Crisis Richard Rogers’ Pre-Fab Y-Cube Takes on UK Housing Crisis Save this picture!The Y-Cube Deployed. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersWritten by Andrew GipeFebruary 27, 2014 Share Architecture Newslast_img read more