Compact Living - Creating a Sense of Home in Container Apartments

Elena Rufina Knuth-Pollok

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Rising housing prices and limited space for new building projects in cities result in a lack of affordable housing, especially in university cities, where there is a need for fast solutions to provide enough housing for students. A new approach to solve housing shortage is the use of shipping containers for building projects, especially as a temporary solution. Shipping containers are considered to be a fast solution to counteract the housing shortage - they are cost-efficient, quick to assemble and moveable. However, how do people cope with living in these uniform and compact spaces? This is a question that engages many architects and developers to investigate how compact-living, in container homes for example, can be achieved. The thesis aims to investigate potentials and challenges of living in a container home and, therefore, examines how people adapt to living in compact-living spaces by looking into their tactics to turn the space into a home. Moreover, the thesis focuses on one case, CPH Village, a project that is aiming to develop fast solutions for affordable, sustainable and high quality student housing in central locations by reusing shipping containers. The results of my analysis can be used as practical information regarding the use and experience of the Village, based on the collected data, which can contribute to the overall discussion about the use of containers as a fast and viable possibility to create affordable but also liveable housing solutions in cities. The research examines how the students in CPH Village negotiate the use of space, how they experience the space and make it meaningful. Hereby, the concept of home plays an important role for the understanding of compact-living. Moreover, potentials and challenges of living in compact-living spaces are outlined.

UddannelserSpatial Design and Society, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 dec. 2019
Antal sider65
VejledereDavid Pinder