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Hub_01 thinks outside the box for sustainable student housing

KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype
KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype
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Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Architects, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living modules
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Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Architects, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living modules
The Street Life Unit, complete with rooftop skating rink
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The Street Life Unit, complete with rooftop skating rink
Hub_01 private student residence module
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Hub_01 private student residence module
The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
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The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Architects, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living modules
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Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Architects, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living modules
The terminal is constructed around a large central hub which offers a meeting space for students
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The terminal is constructed around a large central hub which offers a meeting space for students
The bustling student hub is accompanied by several adjoining units that boast different themes and purposes
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The bustling student hub is accompanied by several adjoining units that boast different themes and purposes
Private mobile sleeping units that can be moved around wherever the student desires
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Private mobile sleeping units that can be moved around wherever the student desires
The student sleeping units are modern, mobile and fun
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The student sleeping units are modern, mobile and fun
Hub_01 student residence features state-of-the-art facilities
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Hub_01 student residence features state-of-the-art facilities
The Street Life Unit creates an open space for hip-hop artists and youth culture activities
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The Street Life Unit creates an open space for hip-hop artists and youth culture activities
The Street Life Unit, complete with rooftop skating rink
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The Street Life Unit, complete with rooftop skating rink
Hub_01 student residence features state-of-the-art facilities
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Hub_01 student residence features state-of-the-art facilities
Each unit is individually decorated and comes complete with large windows, comfy bedding, modern bathroom facilities and innovative furniture design concepts
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Each unit is individually decorated and comes complete with large windows, comfy bedding, modern bathroom facilities and innovative furniture design concepts
Each unit is individually decorated and comes complete with large windows, comfy bedding, modern bathroom facilities and innovative furniture design concepts
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Each unit is individually decorated and comes complete with large windows, comfy bedding, modern bathroom facilities and innovative furniture design concepts
Each unit features rooftop solar panels and a heat pump, making the student residence almost completely self-sufficient
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Each unit features rooftop solar panels and a heat pump, making the student residence almost completely self-sufficient
Private mobile sleeping units that can be moved around wherever the student desires
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Private mobile sleeping units that can be moved around wherever the student desires
The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
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The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
The Passive Unit allows for the Hub’s energy use to be easily measured and controlled
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The Passive Unit allows for the Hub’s energy use to be easily measured and controlled
Hub_01 bathroom
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Hub_01 bathroom
The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
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The rooms are creative, private and above all conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life
Back-to-Basics Unit features a larger-than-life green outer wall
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Back-to-Basics Unit features a larger-than-life green outer wall
Back-to-Basics Unit features a timeout space to relax and connect with nature
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Back-to-Basics Unit features a timeout space to relax and connect with nature
Hub_01 mobile student housing concept in the making
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Hub_01 mobile student housing concept in the making
Hub_01 mobile student housing concept in the making
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Hub_01 mobile student housing concept in the making
The terminal offers several meeting zones for students to relax, discuss ideas or to collaborate on university projects
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The terminal offers several meeting zones for students to relax, discuss ideas or to collaborate on university projects
Hub_01 is a sustainable and innovative pavilion that hopefully inspires education
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Hub_01 is a sustainable and innovative pavilion that hopefully inspires education
Hub_01 mobile student housing concept
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Hub_01 mobile student housing concept
Hub_01 mobile student housing concept
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Hub_01 mobile student housing concept
KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype
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KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype
Hub_01 private student residence module
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Hub_01 private student residence module

Thinking outside the box, KATHO Catholic University in Courtrai, Belgium, has developed a modular and mobile student housing prototype that will have many wanting to return to the books. Gone are the days of pokey dorm rooms, grimy communal kitchens and substandard shared bathrooms, as this student residence features state-of-the-art facilities. Designed by architectural studios dmvA Architecten and A3 Ontwerpburo, Hub_01 boasts several modern flexible living zones and private mobile "sleeping units" that students can take with them as they complete their education.

“Focusing on both flexible and mobile living and learning, the student dig of the future personifies the idea of learning at any time, in any place and in every way,” says the Hub_01's creators. “In fact we designed a sustainable and innovative pavilion that hopefully inspires education, teachers and students to innovate their learning process. We call it: 'Educational design'.”

At the core of the design is a large central hub that offers a meeting space for students to relax, discuss ideas or to collaborate on university projects. The central hub is also home to all communal rooms such as the living zones, communal kitchen and bathrooms and features rooftop solar panels and a heat pump to make the student residence almost completely self-sufficient. The hub supports the connection of up to six personalized units that are portable so that students can take their own unit with them through their years of study.

Hub_01 private student residence module
Hub_01 private student residence module

The eco-conscious Passive Unit allows for the Hub’s energy use to be easily measured and controlled, while also encouraging students to adopt an eco-friendly approach to their everyday lives. A treehouse-inspired Back-to-Basics Unit features a green outer wall and an earthy wooden interior, providing students with a timeout space to relax and connect with nature. The Street Life Unit creates an open space for hip-hop artists and youth culture activities, complete with rooftop skating rink. The iTechno Unit is fully equipped to meet all the students’ study needs and features an interactive wall which allows residents to communicate with the outside world.

Best of all, the student sleeping units are modern, mobile and fun. Each unit is individually decorated and comes complete with large windows, comfy bedding, modern bathroom facilities and innovative furniture design concepts. The rooms are creative, private and, most importantly, designed to be conducive to an enjoyable and productive daily student life.

Students have been living in a prototype Hub_01 with an area of 225 m2 (2,421.8 ft2) that was launched in April 2011 and was presented last October at the 23rd International Biennale Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk, Belgium. The next phase of the project will see the housing occupied by guest lecturers and international students.

Source: Hub_01, dmvA Architecten and A3 Ontwerpburo via Archdaily

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