Moveable Millennial Microhomes
Millennials are carving out their own space in densely populated cities by renting nomadic microhouses.
Heijmans One is a stylish prefabricated house for single professionals. Created by Netherlands-based engineering firm Heijmans, the houses can be moved by lorry and erected on unused plots around cities.
Monthly rent costs €700 ($760) on a temporary contract, as the units will shift location when permanent building work begins. The first two were set up in Amsterdam in December 2014, with plans for 30 more later this year.
Heijmans describes its target market as the "Not Quite Generation" – well-educated 25- to 35-year-olds who "earn too much for social housing, too little for the free rental sector".
Twenty-eight-year-old Carmen Felix, who lived in a Heijmans One for three months, said: "I work full-time but still live in a student house. I love travelling, doing fun things spontaneously and life in the city... And don't want to be tied to a mortgage just yet."
Similar projects around the world include the small, stackable Y:Cube in London, which aims to provide low-cost quality housing for young city workers; and the Impossible City in Seattle, an eco-village of microhouses for the homeless. Read more about nomadic, pod-style living in Next-Gen Kin, part of our Macro Trend Modern Family.
Meanwhile, in Digital Nomads, we highlight how the high costs of urban living and a tough job market are pushing many millennials to embrace a more transient way of life.