London’s homeless population may soon have a comfortable place to lay their heads at night.
Architect James Furzer came up with an idea to create plywood pods and attach them to the sides of buildings to create makeshift living areas suspended in the air. While still just a concept, the pods would hang above head-level via two steel frames, allowing people to walk on the sidewalks below. Inside, tenants would find a bed with a mattress, several large windows and a ladder to enter and exit the pod.
The design recently won Furzer first prize in the annual Space for New Visions competition.
“It’s time we changed our attitudes towards homeless people,” Furzer wrote. “They have the right to be treated with the same respect as anyone else. After all, it could happen to any of us.”
But he admits he’s not trying to create a 5-star hotel here.
“The space simply creates an appropriate atmosphere for sleeping, not a luxury night stay.”
The thermal qualities of the plywood and positioning of the windows are supposed to keep the pods warm without any electricity, and Furzer notes the living spaces can be easily repaired or replaced if damaged.
Still, it’s unclear what buildings would be open to the idea of having homeless pods affixed to their exterior, or what would happen if, say, a homeless person started a fire in one of the pods. But the architect still believes the idea trumps anti-homeless spikes, which have become a more and more common sight in the city.
At least with these pods, homelessness will become a less frequent sight in the city.