The Adaptble House

Description
The Adaptable House, developed by the British Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG) in 1962, emphasises the changeability of the plan as a means for providing flexibility. The design for the development of this house was based on findings and recommendations published in the seminal Parker Morris Report in 1961. Parker Morris stressed the importance of a building’s adaptability to future needs. Whilst the consideration of the stages in a family’s life cycle and their expression in space had already played an important role in the 1930s (i.e. Vroesenlaan by Van den Broek), it became a central focus again in the 1960s and 1970s. The architects at MHLG illustrated this concept with a diagram that differentiated between seven stages in a family’s cycle over a period of fifty years starting with marriage, the arrival of two children within five years, another child within the next 5 years, the growing up of all children, their leaving the house gradually, up until the final stage from year 35 when the couple is on their own again. Architecturally, this programme is accommodated in a two storey L-shaped house with kitchen, dining room / playspace, WC and one additional room on the ground floor. The additional room is accessible both from the entrance hall as well as via a door to the living room and can be used as a hobbies room, bed-sitting or guest room. The large living rooms on ground floor can be used for different functions and activities, and subdivided as necessary. Depending on the number of occupants in the house a large space to one side of the staircase on the first floor can be divided into two rooms.
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planned

Date

01/05/1962

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Floors

Floors: 2

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Podium Area

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1 appartment

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Usage

Housing

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