posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 04:36 PM
Why do this?
Firstly, the UK tourism industry has failed to adapt to trends and modern lifestyle and only occasionally offers anything new or impressive. However domestic travel is re-emerging and the tourism industry could cater for niche markets and attract particular types of visitor, such as the sociable, aspiring and energetic people in the media and creative industries. Tourism doesnâ€™t just have to be about leisure, itâ€™s also for work.
Secondly, the way we work is changing; we no longer need to operate in our drab office environments or conventional conference centres to make progress. Many industries, especially creative, benefit from collaboration, networking, social activity and flexibility. Thereâ€™s a gap in the market for an flexible, useful and engaging environment for like-minded people to unite, work and play. Ourhouse is an opportunity for where this can take place.
Finally, despite years of investment and regeneration schemes, derelict and under-utilised land remains. The once popular coastal towns now have redundant development sites. In many cases, it takes many years for land to be permanently developed and temporary land-use options are limited. Being semi-portable and adaptable, Ourhouse can solve this by making great use of land in the short to medium term whilst keeping options open for the future.
How it works.
Ourhouse is both a product and a service. The product is a series of semi-portable, interconnecting houses with flexible interiors. Each sustainable, design-led house can be adapted for many different activities and events. As the houses are interconnecting, groups can block-book, connect and share their spaces whilst singles and couples can rent individual houses and connect with neighbours at intervals during their stay. This is beneficial for socialising, working and networking. Each house contains a pod that neatly hides all facilities (kitchen, wet room, bed, storage, media) which can be accessed simultaneously.