Everyone wants housing, Cologne , 2016
Everyone wants to have a home. But after years of a balanced housing market, “affordable” apartments have once again become a scarce commodity for a large part of our society—not only since more refugees have been arriving in Germany. There are many reasons for this: the declining social housing stock; rising standards and construction costs; sites are a rare commodity—especially in cities where more and more people want to live. Furthermore, we take up almost four times as much living space per capita today as around 1900. In the age of digitalisation, working and living are again moving closer together, and changing family structures and lifestyles require other floor plans than “kitchen. hallway. bathroom.” (museum website). In the exhibition “Everyone wants housing. Fair. Social. Affordable”, MA:I presents five thematic houses that address the diverse facets of housing. The Cluster House by Duplex Architekten at the Hunziker Areal is presented in the first of five themed houses as this part of the exhibition addresses the historical development of the apartment. The house on Dialogweg represent the current conclusion of this development.