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Cube Haus aims to disrupt housing market with architect-designed prefabs

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London's relatively expensive housing market means owning an architect-designed home is out of reach for many residents of the UK capital. A new company aims to address this by selling prefabricated houses designed by top-drawer architects at a reasonable price. To do so, it'll squeeze them into underused plots like alleyways, wasteland, and even the roofs of other buildings.

Both of Carl Turner Architects' Cube Haus designs are designed around a central courtyard. This one...

Carl Turner Architects' other Cube Haus is a single-storey house with an expansive flat roof

Designer Faye Toogood's home is intended to suit both rural and urban contexts

Cube Haus is well-placed to source suitable land for its projects as company directors Paul Tully and Philip Bueno de Mesquita also set up Land Converter, a company that enables homeowners to sell off part of their garden, garage, or roof space for development. The houses will be built in factories in the UK and made from CLT (cross laminated timber) frames, with sustainably-sourced cladding materials.

"The Cube Haus delivery model creates economies of scale that make innovative architectural design very accessible: people who might never have considered using an architect, let alone a renowned contemporary practice, will be able to do so," says a press release. "The houses will either be commissioned and installed by Cube Haus on sites that the company acquires, or will be available to buy as an 'off-the-peg' solution for self builders."

The firm has a very impressive roster of designers and architects on its books, consisting of high-profile architect Sir David Adjaye's firm, RIBA House of the Year winner Skene Catling De La Peña, RIBA Manser Medal winner Carl Turner Architects and interior, fashion and furniture designer Faye Toogood. Each of the designs on offer is flexible and intended to fit into plots of different sizes and to serve different needs.

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