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?”
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?