Opposite Workplace has proposed redesigning and extending London’s Buckingham Palace to develop the Very affordable Palace exactly where 50,000 men and women would co-habit with the queen.
The Munich-primarily based architecture practice has written an open letter to the queen, asking that she think about sharing her palace with these significantly less fortunate.
The architecture studio’s idea would turn the royal palace into a co-living improvement as an revolutionary option to London’s housing crisis.
“With its 775 rooms and 79 bathrooms the population density is not representative of the rest of London, and Buckingham Palace is waiting for repurposing,” stated Opposite Workplace co-founder Benedikt Hartl.
“The rooms are awash with sparkling candelabra, sumptuous carpets, marble columns, sculptures, and high-priced artworks,” continues Hartl. “So why not use this current structure to fight the housing crisis?”
Taking the palace’s current dimensions, Opposite Workplace visualize a multi-story extension on leading of the palace developing.
Private single and double bedrooms would open on to shared dining and living rooms, in 1 big co-living method. Up to 50,000 men and women could be re-homed in this way, Opposite Workplace estimates.
Folding screens and walls could be utilised to repurpose the spaces according to residents’ demands.
Eight dramatic staircases and lift cores would descend via the historic palace so the queen can mingle with her subjects-turned-housemates in the communal places.
The Very affordable Palace project could also be a superior PR move for Britain’s royal household, Hartl recommended.
“The refurbishment and extension of the Buckingham Palace will draw excellent media interest to challenge of inexpensive housing, while enhancing the social standing of Buckingham Palace,” he stated.
Designers have been coming up with numerous ideas to attempt and address London’s housing crisis. Engineering firm WSP has recommended developing housing blocks more than railways in the city, although developer Cube Haus commissioned Adjaye Associates to style inexpensive modular residences.