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Prenuptial housing mimics relationship status

02 August 2016

Studio OBA designed two prefabricated units that appear to be one but when couples are drifting apart, the house initiates a ‘break up’ by detaching two units.

Image courtesy of Studio OBA

The designed concept home is a response to the increasing divorce rates in today’s society. Together with concept creator Omar Kbiri, Studio OBA hopes that this prenuptial housing idea will decrease the rates of divorce.

The architectural design consists of two prefabricated units that appear to be one. They embrace each other and form the foundation of a modern home. The building consists of lightweight carbon fibre elements and a semi-transparent wooden layer that enhances the unity and possibility to adapt to different environments. When couples feel they are drifting apart, the house initiates a ‘break up’, by detaching the two units which then go solo on the water. The key to the entire design are the connecting mechanisms that detach the pieces and let them float away.

The designers got inspiration from the rivers and canals in Amsterdam. “The challenge of the project was the design a house that consists of two autonomous units that appear to be one” said Vincent Ringoir, who helps run Studio OBA.

Studio OBA hopes to build a prototype in the near future and open doors by early 2017.

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