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What is the future shape of social housing? MVRDV looks to the 500-year-old Fuggerei for useful clues

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A central part of the Fuggerei social housing complex’s 500th anniversary festival of events that began over the weekend, MVRDV’s newly-opened NEXT500 Pavilion examines the future of the all-important typology through the inclusion of proposed designs which would install inspired versions of the historic complex in different areas of the world.

Inside the uniquely-cantilevered wooden pavilion on the central square in Augsburg, Germany, are three different proposals for a ‘Fuggerei of the Future’ spread through eight individual-themed exhibition spaces. The studio claims they are based on the same number of “building blocks” it developed after writing a “Fuggerei Code” using an internal study of the most effective elements of the iconic housing complex constructed in the early 1520s. 

What is the future shape of social housing? MVRDV looks to the 500-year-old Fuggerei for useful clues

Image: © Eckhart Matthäus courtesy MVRDV

What is the future shape of social housing? MVRDV looks to the 500-year-old Fuggerei for useful clues

Image: © Eckhart Matthäus courtesy MVRDV

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that behind the exhibition is “an admirable sense of citizenship, …

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