Cube homes’ are taking Australia by storm – but what are they?
These houses are built on a compact quad footprint and rise up to two or three storeys high, minimising ground space and making use of taller building work, sort of like mini high-rises. They look chic, clean and contemporary, with a minimalist façade and interior, and are the newest solution to cosmopolitan living.
They take up less footprint than regular houses and are much nicer to look at (and provide much more space for you and your family) than apartment blocks. Basically, they’re the perfect new accommodation situation for busy urban towns and cities.
Cubes are currently being pioneered by award winning home builder Aveling Homes in Australia. Read on to find out more about this latest architectural innovation, and the plentiful benefits of these apartment-home hybrids.
Nobody lives above or below
The first benefit of these homes is that they are like apartments, but not. Enjoy immaculately planned, compact rooms and living spaces giving you ‘four corners of freedom’ across two or three storeys, and they’re all yours. The owner owns the entire building – meaning that there are no neighbours living above or below you, causing noise and interrupting your home life.
Small quad footprint
Your home sits on a square foundation and rises up as many storeys as you would like. The entire building is a square shape – or ‘cube’ – with a flat roof, lots of large modern glass square windows, and balconies. Work in conjunction with your builders and contractors to create a cube home entirely personalised to your tastes and needs. But the best part is that the home takes up minimal ground space and is therefore an amazing economic solution to city overcrowding. Technically, you enjoy more space in less space!
Cutting edge design
This style of home has become all the rage in Australia due to the penchant for slick, modern design innovation there. Australian people are always looking for new living solutions that fit in with the relaxed coastal atmosphere and lifestyle offered down under, and these homes fit the bill. Three storey buildings equipped with balconies and roof terraces make for evenings sipping wine on your balcony and watching the stunning sun set over the sea; while large glass windows allow for waking up to the beautiful Australian sun streaming in through your curtains.
Cubes across the world
Australia isn’t the only place that is turning to cube homes to deal with overcrowding and space issues in cities. In Hertfordshire, UK, ‘The Cube Project’ has been running for 5 years, creating modern and practical microhomes, allowing people to live a life of low-carbon emissions while still enjoying all the comforts of 21st century life. They offer the potential of having zero energy bills and come equipped with solar panels.
A similar project is ongoing in London, UK, hailed as an affordable housing solution in England’s capital city where living is cramped and extremely expensive. It’s run by the YMCA charity and is called Y:Cube: the small homes are designed to house a single person, and the cubes can be stacked on top of one another to save further space.
LoftCube is another cube accommodation project, building cube homes from the USA to Lebanon. The cube homes stand on stilts with a staircase leading up to the inside, where an entire home is encased in glass and white framing. Their website says that entire projects start at a cost of 139,000 Euros.
Are microhomes the homes of the future?
Microhomes (or ones which take up only a small ground footprint) are becoming more and more prevalent in every country in the world. Money is getting tighter for individuals and families around the globe, causing people to down-size their living situations and adapt to a more modest way of life. This includes only taking up the space you need in a home, which is more economic, environmentally-friendly and cheaper. From what we can see, microhomes are going to become more popular and favourable in all countries world-over.