The Hub is a modular, easy-to-dismantle system that allows empty buildings to be turned into homes in just a few days. Each Hub contains a kitchen, a bathroom and utilities, such as heating, a sound system and an internet connection.
The idea is that users rent or lease a Hub rather than owning it. In this way, they do not need to buy a home, but just the comforts of a home. The Hub is financed by materials suppliers and utility companies, who also jointly own the construction process. Additional Hubs, such as the BedHub, offer options for adding extra rooms or comforts.
The first Hub – together with a BedHub – was built in Rotterdam’s Zomerhofkwartier district after the idea won a design competition organised by the Havensteder social housing association to mark its centenary. Competition entrants had to answer the question, ‘How will we live in the future?’ Havensteder donated the prototype to the Rotterdam metropolitan area.