The Cube Project: a cure for homelessness?

The Cube Project designs and builds low-energy microhomes in partnership with Bolton Buildings. So far, they have developed three models: QB1, QB2 and QB3.

From their website:

QB3 is a development of an idea that we first explored in a building for Channel 4’s Gadget Man. Unlike QB2, QB3 is all on one level, which makes it more suitable for those with movement difficulties. QB3 makes the most of its 18 square metres of floor area by making use of moveable walls.

As with all the Cube Project buildings, QB3 is optimized for energy use. It uses two heat pumps (for heating and hot water), heat-recovery ventilation, LED lighting and TV, A++ rated appliances, triple-glazing and excellent insulation. There is also the option of a green roof, with solar photovoltaic panels, that would make QB3 energy neutral over a typical year.

Like QB2, QB3 is a post-and-beam structure developed jointly with Bolton Buildings. The outer structure can be assembled and made waterproof in around 4 hours and the whole structure (including inner and outer wall surfaces, the windows/door, the insulation, and the electrical wiring) can be completed in 3-4 days. Options exist for cladding and for fitting out and, once constructed, QB3 is easily transported by road and sited wherever a static caravan is permitted.

QB3 is an ideal living space:

  • For “boomerang kids” or others seeking independent housing
  • For leisure/holiday purposes, usable all year round
  • For emergency accommodation, e.g. in post-disaster situations
  • For construction workers or other workers in remote locations

I’m surprised that bullet point list doesn’t include ‘For providing low-cost small footprint accommodation for homeless people’.

“Ah, but,” I hear you say, “who would pay for this?”

A homeless person

Maybe less is more?

Well, the state has an obligation (or if not, should have) to look after its population. ‘Council housing’ in the UK has suffered a serious decline in recent years due to ‘right to buy’ deals, which removes housing from available stock — and on the whole, it hasn’t been replaced. ‘Cubes’ could be a way of rebuilding that stock in a cost-effective way.

If I had more gumption, I might be inclined to try to crowdsource a project to acquire a plot of land and build a ‘Cube Estate’. Perhaps it could be set up as a charity, with state funding to provide interim housing for those who currently find themselves without a roof over their heads.

What do you think?

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14 Responses to The Cube Project: a cure for homelessness?

  1. I have nominated you to the “Mystery Blogger Award”

    Please check it out:

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    Wow! That is awesome! Very exciting solution to the problem of homelessness.

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  3. Eric Alagan says:

    I’ve seen a similar video recently, a shorter one. I believe its gone viral on Facebook. Very innovative and a possible solution to homelessness.

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  5. dawnfanshawe says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘interview’ I just read on ‘thoughtsnlifeblog’ and this post inspired me to take a look. I am interested in solutions for homes and the homeless and also in sustainability, so here is two in one! Innovative, highly practical and sustainable, but unfortunately not very beautiful, is my view. But food for thought, so thank you.

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    • pendantry says:

      I agree that the aesthetic appeal is, shall we say, somewhat lacking. And (although you don’t mention that) I do entirely understand the NIMBY objections (I am certain there would be many of those).

      But I do have to admit that I for one find the thought of people huddling (and dying) in sleeping bags and cardboard boxes in town centres, starving, hungry and friendless even more aesthetically unappealing, myself. We have to do something about this apparently intractable problem, and this, to me, would be a step forward.

      PS Thank you for coming here from Bella’s blog. I’ve taken the liberty of amending your comment to correct the typo in the domain name, and to add a link back to the interview post to which you refer.

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      • dawnfanshawe says:

        Thank you for amending my typo. Whoops! No idea what NIMBY is or therefore what their objections may be. But yes, I agree that positive solutions to any soul in a cardboard box and to our environmental crisis is more important than the cosmetic appeal.

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        • pendantry says:

          NIMBY = “Not In My Back Yard”; those folks who object to all sorts of things simply on the grounds that they don’t want them in their own neighbourhood (while often at the same time claiming that the same things are a Grand Idea — as long as they’re in someone else’s neighbourhood).

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          • dawnfanshawe says:

            ah, of course! Thank you. I don’t think I would mind them in my neighbourhood at all, I just don’t think I’m minimal enough to fit in one myself and not sure I’d cope without my own private back yard. But that is more where the faults lie in me than the idea.

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