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by Emma Skelander

Berlin, Germany


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Milk Town is a small scale housing project located in Berlin, Germany. It investigates the development of a future housing typology, which challenges the size of our homes and the materials that we build them with. 

It sets out to deal with population growth and urbanization, how we inhabit the city, the notion of reuse and how we can incorporate waste materials in the construction industry

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The project is located on an abandoned plot in a domestic neighborhood in central Berlin. It is enclosed by two empty fire-walls and a screen of trees. 

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The typology challenges the size of our homes, and it offer the residents their own private bedroom of approximately 4,5 square meters. Two neighboring residents share a small bathroom and all 8 residents

share a kitchen and living room, a laundry room and outdoor areas. The spaces are connected by a circulation space that functions as an informal living room.


The project recover and utilizes discarded milk cartons and plastic waste. The recovered plastic is transformed into a series of plastic joints. The customized joints connects the saw-dust filled milk cartons, creates playful, partly transparent and fully insulated wall elements.

A scaffolding framework makes up the skeleton of the project. It is anchored to the existing firewalls on the plot to utilize the structural properties of the existing buildings and enable for a vertical inhabitation of the space.

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Milk Town is imagined as a pilot project, over time evolving, developing and expanding. It might not be the imminent housing typology of the hypothetical 

future, but it poses a way to prolong the lifespan of some otherwise discarded materials to creating housing, whilst we transition into a net zero emission reality.

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