Filed under: architecture
So I was browsing my weekly Residential Tuesday Digest and saw an article about IKEA Flat Pack houses that are currently in first phase construction in Britain. I must have missed the memo on the flat packs, so I did a Google search and turned up various images…to which I had some pretty strong reactions. I gather these are different versions in different locations (as they’ve been tested in Denmark and other countries already).
This inspired envy. Crisp modern townhomes with good street presence and a building envelope that gets light deep into the interior spaces. Check it! Way to go IKEA!
And then this. Bummer. Looks just like all the boring 1980’s condos down the street with bad natural light and low, icky popcorn ceilings. I’ll give IKEA the benefit of the doubt about the ceilings, but the “architecture” is practically non-architecture. I have a bad visceral reaction to flat facades punctuated with boring windows. Upon closer examination, it is almost exactly the same as the first image in profile, yet what a difference the extrusion of the entry made. And no, no, no to vertical blinds.
Then I saw this. And wanted to pout mightily. As far as I know, working in the affordable housing sector as I do, we don’t have any problems in the supply chain getting this kind of thoughtless building to the masses for cheap. Why does IKEA need to get in on it too? I’m missing the innovation that is usually, with much fanfare, attached to the “cheap.” Where is it?
I did what little digging my monolingualness would let me do on the BoKlok website. I saw references to the first and second images (different elevations of the same complex, apparently – front yard and back yard), but didn’t see a reference to the last image. Some consolation is in the fact that most of the houses I did see on the official website were more modern than not. But but even among those there were a lot of boring elevations. I want better, IKEA!
Thoughts? Do you know more about these houses?
Top Image by chroniclelive.co.uk
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