This Low-Cost Home is the First of Its Kind in Copenhagen

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Dec 19, 2014
References: sigurdlarsen.eu & dezeen
Berlin-based architect Sigurd Larsen was challenged with a £95,000 budget when designing this 80-square-meter low-cost home.

The Black House, which was designed for a family of three, will serve as a prototype for-low income housing in Copenhagen. In terms of how the budget correlated to space, each square-meter cost Larsen €1,500 to £1,200. To minimize costs, Larsen opted for prefabricated materials and an efficient spatial arrangement.

The exterior of the home is pretty basic, featuring a rectangular composition, a black timber facade and a gabled roof with a slight slope. The concrete base was chosen for its capacity to provide passive temperature control, while the wooden framework was selected for its easy assemblage. Meanwhile, the interior is the exact opposite of the somber exterior; painted white, it is cheerful, bright, and furnished with plywood surfaces and monochromatic pieces.