Flat-pack living

30 January, 2008

BoKloks arkitektur

Älmhult house model in yellow (Click image to enlarge)

Swedish home furnishing innovator Ikea and the Skanska construction group have come together to create BoKlok: a new housing concept providing functional and comfortable space-saving, high quality properties at affordable prices. Meaning ‘live wise/smart’ in Swedish (the motto is ‘Bo bra, bo billigt, BoKlok’: live well, live affordably…), BoKlok was pioneered in Sweden and will soon be available in the UK under an exclusive licence to the property company Live Smart @ Home (see article below).

First flat-pack home is unveiled
January 30, 2008
BBC News

The first flat-pack home designed for people on low incomes has been unveiled on Tyneside.

A two-bedroom show apartment was opened as part of the 93-unit complex near Gateshead International Stadium. The timber-framed BoKlok structures will cost up to £149,995 and will only be available to first-time buyers earning between £15,000 and £35,000. Six homes are nearing completion with the first residents expected to move in by March. The homes will be sold by furniture giant Ikea, with a one-bedroom flat starting at £99,950 and rising to £124,950 for a two-bedroom apartment. Houses will start at £132,500 for two beds, and £149,995 buys a three-bedroom home.

‘Viable solution’

Alan Prole, managing director of Live Smart@Home, said: “For the first time in the UK, people will be able to experience what it could be like living in a BoKlok home. “This is a very exciting time for everyone concerned in this development and we are now looking forward to welcoming our first residents.”

Councillor David Napier, Gateshead’s housing chief, says: “Opening the show apartment is a major landmark in this much talked-about development. I’m sure I am not alone in being genuinely excited about being able to see what the inside of a BoKlok home actually looks like. What is already clear is that BoKlok seems to offer a new and viable solution to the affordable homes problem.”

The show home will be open to the public from Saturday.

Sarah Badr © MMVIII

See also: BoKlok

Live Smart @ Home


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