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Debaser
03-05-2007, 18:18:50
The article's from last month, but I only just read it:
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/architecture/story/0,,2048116,00.html

"BoKlok (pronounced "book look", Swedish for "smart living") is Ikea's biggest idea yet. Having seized the market for affordable home furnishings in the past decade, the Swedish retail giant is now planning to provide the homes themselves. They've already built some 3,500 BoKlok dwellings across Scandinavia - and now they're coming to the UK.

Last month, planning permission was approved for the first British BoKlok development: 36 flats in St James Village, Gateshead, due for completion by the end of the year. Each apartment, with two or three bedrooms, is expected to cost less than 100,000. More will follow - many more, probably, since BoKlok is quick to build, energy efficient and aimed at households earning between 15,000 and 30,000 a year. Who's to stop them? "

What do people think about this? Especially people currently in the process of buying property. I quite like the idea, and would happily consider something like it if they came to London or round here. Not Gateshead though.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
03-05-2007, 18:30:09
hmm... small ready-made homes, and this is new... how?

MDA
03-05-2007, 19:11:58
lego homes with tinker toy furnishings... hmm

can I get one in Lincoln Logs?

Koshko
03-05-2007, 19:25:49
Not new. See those houses they make out those ship cargo containers.

Koshko
03-05-2007, 19:27:33
http://www.containercity.com/

Debaser
03-05-2007, 19:34:24
I know it's not a new idea, but the previous scemes always had a sort of "alternative lifestyle" vibe about them, this seems to be aimed at a much more "highstreet" audience.

CTH
03-05-2007, 19:48:38
I'd hate tot live in a lego house, what with all the knobs on the ground...

Dyl Ulenspiegel
03-05-2007, 19:55:20
Originally posted by Debaser
I know it's not a new idea, but the previous scemes always had a sort of "alternative lifestyle" vibe about them, this seems to be aimed at a much more "highstreet" audience.

Hmm... houses from premade parts have a market share of 30-40 % here, and come in all forms, sizes and price classes. If you look through these

http://www.blauelagune.at/html/mus1.asp

(pages 1-7) you'll find some that are similar to the ikea ones, I think.

CTH
03-05-2007, 20:06:35
Also, does living in one turn you into an inflexible guy with only 2 big fingers on each hand to grab stuff?

Debaser
03-05-2007, 20:12:05
Yeah, I suppose ultimately they're exactly the same as all the other prefab 'designer' flats going up round here.

Debaser
03-05-2007, 20:14:29
Originally posted by CTH
Also, does living in one turn you into an inflexible guy with only 2 big fingers on each hand to grab stuff?

Ha, that reminds me of some funny graffiti I saw a picture of today:

http://home.mountaincable.net/~randomferret/public/theclaw.jpg

Funko
04-05-2007, 07:55:30
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Hmm... houses from premade parts have a market share of 30-40 % here, and come in all forms, sizes and price classes. If you look through these

http://www.blauelagune.at/html/mus1.asp

(pages 1-7) you'll find some that are similar to the ikea ones, I think.

I know it's more common over there, it's very new/unusual to the UK though. Hell, anything non brick is unusual here.

They even did an episode of Grand Designs (architecture show) about a couple who got a flat pack house made for them in Germany, because it was so unusual.

http://www.channel4.com/4homes/ontv/grand-designs/houses/S/surrey_huf.html

Dyl Ulenspiegel
04-05-2007, 08:26:40
Many of these premades are brick, too.

Funko
04-05-2007, 08:27:53
Ok.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
04-05-2007, 08:30:09
Not used in England? I wonder why; over recent years they got constantly better, and allow more options, not just one or two standard outfits. Brick, concrete, wood, all available...

Funko
04-05-2007, 08:38:36
I don't know really.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
04-05-2007, 08:40:23
Ask Drekkus to google it for you.

Funko
04-05-2007, 08:41:11
I'm too lazy for that. I'll just phone mr_G and get him to ask Drekkus.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
04-05-2007, 08:44:20
that's brilliantly brilliant, almost like the dutch midget himself

Debaser
04-05-2007, 10:51:56
Mike, most of those big new blocks of apartments round here are kind of built this way, that block by the college, and the newer one next to it (with the sort of drawbridgy bits) on Kings Road certainly were. I bet that place you lived by the river probably was too.

This is why everywhere looks the same nowadays.