Spring 2020 IIII
For over a decade now, housing in Luxembourg has been one of the main political concerns. Particularly since last year, the real estate market has been making the headlines. Predominant issues are record- breaking housing prices, a steady demographic growth which keeps exceeding housing supply, as well as a lack of effective solutions to keep the real estate market accessible for all of Luxembourg’s current and future inhabitants. The roots of the current housing problem can be traced back to the national land policy, the often complex and time- consuming procedures in the construction sector and the steadily increasing construction costs. An architect’s impact on any of the aforementioned factors has so far been limited. Nevertheless, architects could potentially help solve the current housing crisis by designing residential buildings according to its future inhabitants housing needs and by incorporating the given circumstances the Grand-Duchy has to offer at this point.
The goal of this thesis is to synthesize new affordable housing models which could be realized quickly, and which would meet the demand for more cost-effective housing units. In order to do so, the available dormant construction land would be activated for a temporary use for housing units. The concept of the housing models responds to an optimization of individual and social needs and goes hand in hand with a sustainable design that allows flexibility.