Van Bo Le-Mentzel :: ” The Unreal Estate House is an attempt to give people a little, but inspiring living environment without paying rent. I want to build a prototype in August 2013 and then make it available to people who want to put their time and effort in the common good rather than in a meaningless employment. Rent pressure is often the reason why we do not pursue our true passions. I want to change that. I believe that the world will be better if we can do things in our lives that we want. And that starts with the free choice of residence. We must free ourselves from the artificially generated pressure of existential angst. I am not a communist. I’m a Karma economist and am committed to a world that is worth living for everyone, not for the few.”(source ::
David Friedlander, 12/2013 _ http://www.lifeedited.com/get-your-unreal-estate-license/)
Located in Berlin, Kreutzberg
Image credit: Benjamin Heck,
“”Many cities across the world are experiencing spikes in real estate prices. More people, competing for finite amounts of space lead to ungodly sums changing hands for small bits of urban square footage. German architect-cum-activist Van Bo Le-Mentzel has no shortage innovative solutions to this vexing issue. A while ago, he presented us with the one-square meter home. More recently, he created the Unreal Estate House, a popup housing project that supposes housing should be more right than privilege.”http://www.lifeedited.com/get-your-unreal-estate-license/
“The Unreal Estate House is a tinier, more teutonic take on the tiny house movement raging in the United States (perhaps “simmering” is a more apt verb). Like American tiny houses, UEH is mounted to a trailer, sidestepping nasty and costly building codes, taxes and reliance on the man…and the power, water and sewage grid. It has all of a home’s amenities: bed, kitchen, bathroom and shower. More important than its spartan amenities is its cheap construction costs and availability to inhabit rent-free.
“The home had its roots as a crowdfunding campaign. Le-Mentzel asked for the €3000 (~US $4100) he projected the house to cost. After funding, he put the blueprints online for anyone to construct the house themselves and set up an online registration page where anyone could rent the prototype house out for free. Le-Mentzel explains his motivation (via a solid Google translation)”