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Last edited 27 Dec 2020
In July 2016, the Amsterdam-based design and engineering practice Studio OBA revealed their design concept Prenuptial Housing. The creater Omar Kbiri suggested that 'Prenuptial Housing is a solution for the increasing number of marriages that end up in divorce'.
The design consists of two independent prefabricated units that form the foundation of a single floating house; the studio looking towards Amsterdam's canal network and strong design tradition for floating architecture as inspiration.
The building consists of lightweight carbon fibre elements and a semi-transparent wooden layer that enhances unity and creates the possibility of adapting to different environments, as well as enabling it to float.
Omar Kbiri said: "With the increasing number of divorces each year, our concept is – regrettably – becoming more and more relevant. I especially like the fact that we can stabilise the home front during an otherwise very hectic time. With this concept you namely don't need to relocate after a break-up."
Studio OBA imagine the house could be particularly popular among couples in Belgium, Portugal and Hungary, where divorce rates are among the highest in the world. They are also planning a prototype and are in discussion with investors, with a tentative plan to start taking orders in early 2017.
Content and images courtesy of Studio OBA.
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