In the 50s the population started moving from the countryside to the city, cities are now more crowded but by 2050, two thirds of the population is predicted to living in the cities. By then, we will be 9.8 billion people living, it’s highly likely that we’ll have to get used to living ever closer to our neighbours!
If you are just as curious as I am, you can’t miss the 10 weird and wonderful things about flats past, present and future from the blocks of flats insurance specialist Deacon Insurance with some weird and wonderful things about flats past.
From the Romans to the near future, there are amazing facts that prove that human population can adapt to any change to live in comunity.
For example, can you believe that The Romans built the first flats.
Rome’s success led to massive population growth and they started building higher and stronger structures to create new architectural forms.
Speaking about the future, and the fight against pollution… Forest flat are the new trend.
Stefano Boeri created the amazing two apartment buildings in the heart of Milan (the Bosco Verticale, Vertical Forest) using more than 20,000 trees and plants to adorn the high-rise buildings from top to bottom. The project was exported all over the world.
How amazing is the past.
Can you believe the actress Marthe de Florian fled her Paris apartment for the south of France and she never returned? New images have emerged of a French apartment abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched in the seven decades since.
The architecture does not stop reinventing itself the limit it’s only the human imagination.
As in the towers shapeshifters in Dubai. Shapeshifters it might sound science fiction but rotating buildings are already happening. This set is planned for Dubai by 2020 according to architectural firm Dynamic Group.
There are incredible trains disappearing into the buildings in China’s ‘Mountain City’. Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route – by building it through the centre of a block of flats.
The unusual train track passes directly through the 19-storey residential building in the “emerging mega-city” of Chongqing, located in the south-west corner of the East Asian nation.
Visit the tallest Building in the world, can’t be anywhere else than the amazing Dubai.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. A buttressed central core and wings are used to support the height of the building. Although this design was derived from Tower Palace III, the Burj Khalifa’s central core houses all vertical transportation with the exception of egress stairs within each of the wings. The structure also features a cladding system which is designed to withstand Dubai’s hot summer temperatures. It contains a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
Going underground and underwater? Fight against garbage and live close to the ocean.
The Belgian architect has developed enormous plans for developing entire cities in the world’s oceans. Named Aequorea (after a species of bioluminescent jellyfish), Callebaut’s designs for unique homes create beautiful, almost-alien visions of the future. Described as “an oceanscraper printed in 3D from the seventh continent’s garbage” Aequorea is a fictional water city off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
We’re living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
The cost of living in UK cities is one of the highest in the world. London came out top. where you need £7090 a month to live a comfortable life. Oxford, Edinburgh and Brighton came next at around £5000 a month. Ouch! Of course, you can choose to commute and halve your living costs. Southampton residents need ‘only’ about £3000 a month, for example, although after years of rail strikes and woes, that could be cold comfort.
The UK’s most expensive flat was valued in October 2018 at £160 million. It’s address? One Hyde Park, London. SW1
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