British co-living company Vivahouse has emerged as another startup with a novel housing idea. Its mission is to create affordable housing stock by building modular prefab units that can be quickly installed inside pre-existing buildings, such as languishing offices, shopping centers, and other commercial spaces. Curbed’s Liz Stinson has more details on the idea.
In theory it’s a great idea: Help landlords who are losing money on empty buildings and provide short and longer term housing stock for freelancers and travelers looking for an affordable but stylish place to stay. In practice, living inside an abandoned mall sounds a bit like the start of a Lifetime horror movie.
Vivahouse recently installed a pop-up inside London’s emptying Whiteleys shopping center, and we have to admit, the rooms look compact but thoughtfully designed. All residents share amenities like the kitchen and bathroom, which the company hopes will promote a community vibe.
At approximately $770 a month and $75 per night, the rooms are significantly cheaper than renting a proper hotel room. Plus, it could come with the added bonus of waking to the view of a defunct Auntie Anne’s outside your window.Read More