The Dutch design firm MVRDV and housing producer Traumhaus recently released plans for turning old army barracks into an affordable housing complex. Designed to appeal to everyone from students to the elderly, the project demonstrates how defunct military buildings can be put to new use.
The new housing complex will be located in Mannheim, Germany, which is the site of old army barracks previously used by the US military. The project will consist of a 27,000-square-meter development that makes use of some of the old army structures. There will be five main house design available, each of which will be arranged around gardens and other green spaces. The project will be largely standardized, with many opportunities for residents to personalize their home to fit their unique needs.
Designed to fit the budget of students, small families and elderly residents, the new complex will provide an affordable housing options for many people.