Compact Living in Hong Kong

Benny Lam photographed the tiny rooms, and it’s residents, in Hong Kong’s Grass Roots Living situations. “Grass Roots Living symbolizes the average households living in large public housing complexes in urban or new town areas. In many cases, parents, children and the elderly live together.” (srce). The result of Benny Lams’s work was exhibited under the name “Trapped” in 2014 and was hosted by the Society for Community Organization (SoCO).

We, at Mimi Berlin, spent hours looking at these photo’s, there is so much to see!
They also bring us just enough out of our own comfort-zone, which we like; it opens up unknown possibilities. We started wondering if we could live in such a small space. Would or could we live compact if we moved to Hong Kong?

We like the hustle and bustle of city life and want to be in the middle of that, in Hong Kong we would have to move to a so called Compact City Life neighborhood. Next to public Grass Roots Living you also have similar dwellings in Compact City Life neighborhoods (srce), with private owned housing. It is said that apartments (studios? units?) in Hong Kong are, on average, 50 cents higher per square foot than the estimated average of a New York City rental. Keeping that in mind:
If we moved to this crowded city we’d probably have to live the Compact City Life as well (liking it but spending as little time as possible at home).

(images via hk.localiiz.com)

 

Building with Containers in the Black Forest

Building with Containers in the Black Forest

“London architect James Whitaker depict a proposal for a low-cost studio space in Germany comprising a cluster of shipping containers, which are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior at different times of day. Whitaker developed the concept in 2010 while working as a photographer, after he was approached by an advertising agency interested in building a workspace in the Black Forest near the town of Hechingen.” (via/read more dezeen)

Well we like that; pre-fab building which is nice to the eye……

Ravel Residence Student Housing

Ravel Residence Student HousingRavel Residence Student Housing

The Ravel Residence is a student community building situated at the Zuidas in Amsterdam, designed by John Bosch/Oeverzaaijer in 2012, construction of this modular building has started in the autumn of 2013 and was done by Jan Snel (tr; John Quick).
Although we live in Amsterdam, yesterday was the first time the building caught our eye, no wonder; it has just been completed.
We like it! It’s design is unusual by Amsterdam standards.
5 floors, with 800 apartments, covered with we don’t now how much, but many round windows framed in white plastic. The Ravel complex also houses commercial services such as a supermarket, grand café, temporary employment agency, cycle repair and launderette and on the roof there is space for urban farming and a basketball field. The rent for one dwelling is €495,- per month, but as we speak they are all rented out.
The funny thing is it will only be used for 12 years…..Why? The building of Ravel Residence was commissioned by Verweij Mungra Vastgoed BV. They rent small pieces of land from the city of Amsterdam for a period of time to build flexible student accommodations on, in order to eliminate the housing shortage for students and to make a living for themselves. So far team Verweij Mungra, Jan Snel and Oeverzaaijer has 2 student housing buildings in their portfolio.

(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

Adventure #24: Homeowner Tosti

Adventure #24: Homeowner Tosti. Our little chihuahua has many dreams, one of them was to own a house with a roof, the kind you draw when in first grade (with the pointy roof). Tosti felt is was time to fulfill his dream and went to work. He made the perfect maquette and sent it to the building company across the street. After two months the house was finished, but when Tosti saw his finished house his eyes became wet with tears.  This house was a farce, an ugly builidng with painted on dreck! It looked nothing like the house with a roof he designed! Since it was finished already there was nothing our little hero could do but rent it out to a befriended homeless, gnome. That’s the story of how Tosti became a homeowner.

What can we learn from this adventure? Always check up on others if you asked them to make something for you!

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