A movable home for one

Hejimans One, designed by Moodbuilders Architecture, is a proposal for a movable home for single households, that is currently being testing in Amsterdam.

Moodbuilders Architecture, Hejimans One, Amsterdam
Young professionals want to leave their student years behind them and are eager to start their lives in their own “real” house.
The challenge is to find a place that meet their demands: affordable, qualitative, complete and beautiful. To help this growing generation get a place of their own, Heijmans developed the Heijmans One, a movable home for single households, designed by Moodbuilders Architecture.
Moodbuilders Architecture, Hejimans One, Amsterdam
Moodbuilders Architecture and Heijmans, Hejimans One, Amsterdam
The Heijmans One is connected to the existing infrastructure for water, sewage and partly electricity. They are working on making these houses self-supporting. This includes testing out Aerspire solar panels, which are integrated into the roof.
For the moment two prototypes of the Heijmans One has been located in Amsterdam. 28-year old editor Carmen Felix was selected out of 230 candidates to live in and test one of the Heijmans One’s for a number of months. She will help Heijmans to optimize the final product, as the company aims to launch the first thirty Ones in the Netherlands at the end of the summer this year. The second building is a model house and is used to provide interested parties the possibility to sleep over for a night.

The Heijmans One is a removable self-contained home offering full independence. Not only the functional integration of its bathroom, kitchen, cupboard space and sleeping area, but also the creation of a living area in which spaciousness, daylight, the natural use of materials and the connection with the surrounding landscape are central. 

The design combines architecture and technical implementation because the structural solid wooden skeleton is also visible on the inside. It gives you the feeling that the home is literally built of wooden walls. The same applies to the steel frames and the other details of the home. Atmosphere, construction and architecture combined to form one unit.

The stability of the wooden skeleton and steel frames is incorporated into the front and rear facades. This provides plenty of room inside the home for future developments and variants. So the development of the house is also the development of a sustainable wooden residential system combining ecology and living space.

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