designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
 
designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
jun 24, 2014

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
all images courtesy of designdevelop

 

 

 

the worldwide phenomenon of homelessness has become a growing concern during past couple of decades. finding solutions is a complex task which involves a coordination of skills in socio-psychological and administrative fields. created by designdevelop, the main priority of ‘project gregory‘ is to find optimal alternatives for the existential questions of people without homes through the use of billboard objects and their advertisement spaces.

 


video courtesy of designdevelop

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
proposed billboard house in slovakia

 

 

 

cities are engulfed with billboard advertisements which are expensive to construct, maintain and their subsequent renting is a costly venture. the proposal increases the functionality of the structures in a way that the insides could be turned into living spaces. such an object would produce minimal maintenance costs, which could be paid through the rental space of its façade. in addition, the architects believe, ‘if we take the electricity cost needed for the billboard to keep it lit during night and we try to optimize it by x%, we find that this saved energy could fully cover all those interior usage needs.’

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
billboard dimensions are the same with the exception of the stairs that lead to the living areas

 

 

 

this study is based toward republic of slovakia, for the city of banskà bystrica, where it is easy to implement due to existing energy and water grids. however, the housing project is possible to apply anywhere, with the exception that its implementation must be proceeded by research for an adequate place where it may be physical realized.

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
exterior visualization of the structure

 

 

 

partner reciprocity is focused toward firms and investors who would participate in the realization or long term rental of the involved advert space. in turn, they would be provided with an official logo, which they could place on their own companies web sites, or other propagation materials with direct links to the project website. the added value lies in an option to present one’s company towards its peers as a place of social consciousness.

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
exterior visualization of the structure

 

 

 

the triangular shape of a billboard results in a plan divided by two rooms. the first contains an entrance hall, kitchen, office desk, stairs to a raised bed, and bedroom part under that is storage room. the second component holds a bathroom with a washbasin that is located on the wardrobe, toilet and shower corner. construction is solved with wooden joists, concrete base, oriented strand boards, wooden or steel staircases and two windows.

 

the project is currently looking for funding on kickstarter here.

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
interior views of the bathroom

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
interior views of the ground floor and entry

designdevelop gregory billboards houses homeless
interior views of the main living areas

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
ground floor plan

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
sections

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
the logo is based off of the plan geometry

 

 

 

the work is meant to be an ‘open source’ initiative which encourages interactions among architects, designers, and artists who can come up with innovative construction methods and layout alternatives. the non-profit platform will be available for each city without the author claiming any financial benefits from its usage.

designdevelop converts billboards into houses for the homeless
research study infographic

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • It’s true this project gives off a whiff of naïveté regarding homelessness. But it also seems doubtful these dwellings would be carelessly distributed to just any homeless individuals wandering by. With this kind of investment, there would have to be a screening process to determine which indigent person would be given the keys to an apartment of this type. In the end, it might be that people receiving some kind of government assistance could selectively be offered the option of living in these minimalist residences. This project has more the feel of an experiment than a serious proposal for resolving homelessness.

    John
  • Have these designers ever sat down, stood up, wobbled with or in any way interacted with “homeless” folks? Very naive, altruistic but naive.

    Paola
  • comments like seans show the kind of mindset behind projects like this.
    very superficial, ironic and badly designed too!
    just a marketing scheme, who are these actually designed for?

    Hannah
  • Every couple of years someone has this ‘original’ idea. It’s exactly what homeless people don’t need: isolated, providing neither amenities nor integration into the community. This example is particularly inane. Those custom luxury finishes would be ripped out and sold within days. Fail.

    KDS
  • . . . . to qualify for living one could even require that the occupant do a certain amount of cleanup for a portion of the road that the billboard is on. Keep debris off the road and keep them clean while provided housing for the less fortunate. Win-Win?

    Sean
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