Rajat Kukreja, the founder of Cuckoo Hostel ¬ a community living and learning space in Bengaluru ¬ has been living in a house that cost just Rs 50,000 to build.
His 100-sqft micro home has amenities including a bed, study table, basic electric connection and appliances.
In the summer, the house remains cool due to the materials used, not to mention the smartly designed ventilation.
As real estate costs become exorbitant, entrepreneurs in Bengaluru are looking at innovative ways to use upcycled materials and build sustainable spaces that are low-cost, energy-efficient and, if need be, easily movable. The founder of Pop-Up Housing Sampath Reddy ¬ who designed and built the space for Kukreja ¬ has been exploring alternative architecture and sustainability for four years.
An aerospace engineer-turned-urban systems designer, Reddy is building a culture and community centre Estherra in Sheshadripuram.
Besides this, he is also building a tree house and a house on wheels using this modular system. Reddy plans to include systems like solar, rainwater harvesting, vertical gardens and many other sustainable solutions.
“Access to affordable spaces in central locations has become so scarce. PopUp Housing is aiming to solve the affordable and accessible space problems in cities,” says Reddy, who will market standardised housing kits that can be assembled through a DIY process.
Popular upcycled materials include angle and modular framing systems that are light, repurposed and can be bolted without any welding.
Building such spaces is sans any water, electricity or high civil works
Madhavi Abhyankar, the head of interior design at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, says, “Sustainable spaces are becoming the need of the hour as resources are becoming increasingly scarce.”
For an exhibition next week, her exhibit will feature spaces that need no air conditioners, are earthquake-proof and focus on concepts like local sourcing and zero-mile building.