Billboards are being turned into homeless shelters

By Kate Hassett

Billboards are being turned into homeless shelters
This incredible idea is seeing everyday objects change the lives of homeless people across Slovakia.

The issue of homelessness is a global epidemic. Millions across the world face the fear of sleeping without shelter, warmth or food, on a daily basis. However, an innovative architectural firm are hoping to change this, even in the smallest of ways.

A team from Slovakia have come up with an idea to provide temporary housing for those without it.

By utilising advertising space across the highways and main roads, the team have designed a tiny studio apartment that would also serve as a billboard.

The tiny apartments would feature a kitchen, an office space, a bed with storage underneath and a clean bathroom.

DesignDevelop, the team behind the project explained that their design is simple yet effective: “The Gregory project brings optimisation to the construction of billboard structures. Such an object would need just a minimal maintenance cost which could be partially paid through the rental of its advert space”.

These designs are only visual interpretations of what the final product would look like, but the team are excited about providing opportunities to assist the community, with such a cost-effective and simple idea.

The homes are being trialed in Slovakia because of the easy access to water and electricity – due to their grid system, but with slight adjustments, the design team say the system could be implemented into any country.

 

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