The idea to solve two problems by combining them, seems very obvious. We could use the abundance of empty office space to solve a shortage of cheap housing. Even though the idea is widely spread, it is hardly ever realised. Is it the strict building regulations or unwillingness, is it economically not viable or is it simply not appealing to live in an old office building? Wanderwall takes away some major obstacles when thinking about using abandoned space for living. It is easily transported, very affordable and can be brought into a building without destroying anything serious. It could even coexist with spaces still being used as an office. Besides that it combines super mobile flexible housing with an esthetic that will fit just right in any abandoned place.
A solitary unit for living
A wanderwall apartment is made out of a series of portable wall elements which each serve a specific purpose. There are units for storage, working, cooking, relaxing and every other basic need. Each wanderwall element can be lifted and transported easily. Once on location they can be used to build a fully customized dwelling.
The minimum size of a composed dwelling is 3 by 2 elements but it can easily be reconfigured to a 3 by 3 or 4 size, this allows for extreme flexibility in a restricted floorplan. Apartment sizes are approximately 18, 24 and 30 square meters depending on configuration. Once the wanderwall units are constructed they form sculptural blocks in a large variety of colors, turning a building into a surreal landscape.
In between the sculptures there is an irregular space. This way there is no feeling of restricted hallways and it also allows for daylight to enter into the interior of the building. Setting the apartments more apart also creates the possibility to introduce attractive semi-public spaces. The apartments themselves are comfortable spacious despite of their small size. Because all functions are in the walls it leaves the rest of the room empty for use.