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Norman Foster’s tiny dwelling as the evolution of the minimal house

Displayed at the Venice Biennale, the Norman Foster Foundation’s project with Holcim is a new proposal for a housing model that is constantly experimenting.

A house that is minimal, cheap and quickly built is a great aspiration, obsession and fantasy of modern and contemporary architecture. At the dawn of the 20th century, it represented the possibility of a permanent, comfortable dwelling for the masses receiving welfare support. In the 1950s, it was reinvented to realise the freshly democratised dream of a second home for vacation. In addition, it was and remains a fundamental solution with which to react to periodic geopolitical and environmental disasters that require emergency help and the instant accommodation of stricken communities.

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