Remember that English one-hit wonder Living in a Box that performed the song Living in a Box off the album Living in a Box?
No. But I remember Eiffel 65's Living In a Bubble, which was 65 degrees of awesome.
On the units...
My Jew and I checked those out above Rock Bottom on our technically-second date. It felt like IKEA was raping my eyes. That is all. As you were.
1) Cut a hole in a box
2) Move in to the box
3) Make her open the box
Slums in the making.
HEY! We should make sure this is what they use down in the hood near the train station by MLK and S Rainier! Perfect!
You gots you some real livin' there!
@1 - To be fair, Poe, your Ikea eye-rape experience was more the fault of the furnishings than the design. I've also toured those two above Rock Bottom, and I found the interior decorations to be unforgivably tacky.
These are fantastic. Where they really needed this sort of thing is in New Orleans, though, where rapid deployment of new high-standard units was critical (it's too late for New Orleans now, I fear).
But, you know, no one in the history of the universe has ever "passed the savings along to renters". Rents are determined by a market. If they can get more, they will get more.
But, you know, no one in the history of the universe has ever "passed the savings along to renters"
Sigh... I know. Sad but true.
portable classrooms meet shitty living. how can anyone seriously claim these are better aesthetically, than the condos proposed around seattle.
But that's just it: it all fit so well. I probably wouldn't have noticed if it weren't for the IKEA shit, but no, I would have.
Holy fuck, those are ugly. I noticed that the cute renderings don't show the fire-escape stairs necessary to reach every squalid box. Who in their right mind is going to want to navigate those stairs during a typical Seattle October-thru-May rainy winter?
And what are they going to look like once the incessant winter rain paints a slimy green sheen of mold down the metal skin? Like a rickety trailer park stacked four high. Ugh
Regarding "Living in a Box" by Living in a Box.
My favorite part about the song was that the lyric formed a question.
Am I living in a box?
Am I living in a cardboard box?
Am I living in a box?
DUDE. THE SONG IS CALLED LIVING IN A BOX, YOUR NAME IS LIVING IN A BOX...YOU'RE FUCKING LIVING IN A BOX!!!
Next up. I'm going to demand that Ratt finally tells my why "what goes around comes around." They keep saying they're going to tell me why...and they never do...
If you're going to let the benefits of prefab outweigh the cons, please, for the love of God, at least put dead space between the units (since the floors and ceilings of these things are presumable already built). It'd only add a few inches to the total height, and would go a long way toward the quality of life inside those things.
The difference between living in a square, prefab little oasis all your own and living in a crappy box is common walls.
@10 - ha ha ha ha ha
Wonder what sort of seismic perf you get out of a bunch of stacked-up stapled-together boxes. I'd guess lousy...
Dom, you might have made a little error...
The units in the first picture were built by RAFN. But the unit order in the Unico project was awarded to HyBrid. I'm not sure that they'll be using the same design.
@ 14) The units in the first picture are also featured on HyBrid's Web site. http://www.hybridseattle.com/
Prefab can be be a very economical and scalable way to create housing. Since most of the work is done in a factory, tolerances and quality are better controlled, material waste is greatly cut, and strength is generally higher than structures built on-site. Mithun's design seems a little lacking, but that's based on a crappy Sketch-up rendering and a single unit mock-up meant to examine interior space, not the exterior. They can do whatever they want though- cut openings to make spaces higher or wider and connect units with elements built on-site.
What Ecclesiastes said:
Prefabricated homes --- every generation's dream.
Pre-fab housing -- why not?.
What would a couple of these cost? I've got space in my back yard for these.
For really modular prefab, take a look at the Nakagin Capsule Tower, built in in Tokyo in 1972. Saw it on a TV show a few months back and it stuck with me.
So stacking a bunch of single-wide mobile homes up into a rabbit hutch is supposed to be innovative? Why not just put them in a trailer park?
@10, that's hilarious.
maybe the ratt song is a question, too.
you mention "the construction time decreases by three to six months—reducing the window of investment risk and adding months to collect rental fees"
um did you forget interest on the loans?
the owner/developer is paying hefty interest monthly from acquisition till sale or rental...that's why having more "community design review meetings" that drag the process out antoher six months or taking a year for permittng drives them crazy....if it takes a year to get permits on a $10 million project....that adds a year of interest ....that is $500K to a million dollars...all of which gets built into the cost of housing.
Cost of money dude. A/k/a the vig. Time is money. So that's the MAIN reason why reducing the time of construction is important.
Of coursse since we in Seattle love to o debate everythign till everyone is heard from then heard from again and again....on 520 the viaduct and light rail or anything ....there's little sense of time ....much less time baing valuable....
habitat 67 was also prefab. pricetag was ginormous.
i'll say this again and again til i'm blue, single and doublewides are not the answer. this box, while it may be interesting, doesn't scale up well.
and mithun doesn't rock. just ask those in the know.
They had another big hit which was called "gatecrashing"
I've always wanted to make a living space out of a shipping container. It would be an interesting challenge.
I don't think the design is all THAT bad, but then I try to live pretty simply. "No more than what you need" has always struck me as a good motto.
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OMG ... Seattle is broke.
It's come to this - we're living in trailers now ...
The problem with this design is that they're not stacked 100 high surrounded by green space.
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