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German design firm unveils plans to convert Buckingham Palace

Royal solution to Britain’s housing crisis? German design firm unveils plans to convert Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms into affordable flats for 50,000 Londoners including vast multi-storey extension

  • Design firm Opposite Office, based in Germany, unveiled plans to convert Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms
  • Architects propose turning them into flats that would house 50,000 residents and could solve housing crisis
  • They also want to build a huge multi-story extension that would be placed on top of the historic landmark
  • The ‘Affordable Palace’ has no corridors and folding screens and walls allowing spaces to be repurposed 

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A design firm has unveiled radical plans to solve Britain’s housing crisis by turning Buckingham Palace into affordable flats for 50,000 residents.

Architecture company Opposite Office, based in Germany, wants to transform the 775 rooms inside the Queen’s London residence and build a huge multi-story extension that would be placed on top of historic landmark.  

In order to squeeze so many inhabitants into one place, the designs include no corridors while folding screens and walls would allow for certain spaces to be repurposed as needed.

Private single and double bedrooms would work in unity with shared living rooms and dining areas.

rchitecture company Opposite Office, based in Germany, wants to transform the 775 rooms inside the Queen’s London residence and build a huge multi-story extension (pictured) that would be placed on top of historic landmark.

In order to squeeze so many inhabitants into one place, the designs include no corridors

Artist's drawing showing the inside of the building after construction

In order to squeeze so many inhabitants into one place, the designs include no corridors and barely any circulation areas, while folding screens and walls would allow for certain spaces to be repurposed as needed. Pictured left and right: Artist’s drawing showing the inside of the building after construction

Apartments within the palace would be connected by eight staircases, and part of Opposite Office’s plans would involve a multi-story extension that would be placed on top of the structure.

Founder of the Munich-based company Benedikt Hartl, who also wrote an open letter to the Queen about the proposals for the building, which was first constructed in 1703.

He writes: ‘In addition to the self made Brexit hullabaloo, there is the largest shortage in history! 

‘Large part of population ‘generation rent’ are locked out of the housing market. Affordable housing is missing. 

‘This is why I thought we can develop a strategy to fix both problems!’

Apartments within the palace would be connected by eight staircases

Opposite Office's plans would involve a multi-story extension that would be placed on top of the structure

Apartments within the palace (pictured left) would be connected by eight staircases (pictured in the diagram, right) and part of Opposite Office’s plans would involve a multi-story extension that would be placed on top of the structure

An architect's drawing showing the layout of the rooms alongside the eight staircases. There are no corridors in the design

An architect’s drawing showing the layout of the rooms alongside the eight staircases. There are no corridors in the design

He calls on the Queen to use her ‘royal power and money’ to create affordable housing, telling Her Majesty that they would be ‘delighted’ to present their plans.

He signs off: P.S sorry for any mistakes. I am German.’ 

Speaking about the plans, Mr Hartl said: ‘For us, it is important that you live together with people, not next to each other.

‘The Affordable Palace should be a collective space for living, meeting people, cooking together, and drinking tea with the Royal Family – a democratic house.

A drawing showing the layout of the rooms alongside the eight staircases

Founder of the firm, Benedict Hartl, wrote an open letter to the Queen

Founder of the firm, Benedict Hartl, wrote an open letter (right) to the Queen about the plans (left) calling on her to use her ‘royal power and money’ to create affordable housing

Buckingham Palace as it is today. The architects believe the proposals for the palace, which was first built in 1703, could solve Britain's housing crisis

Buckingham Palace as it is today. The architects believe the proposals for the palace, which was first built in 1703, could solve Britain’s housing crisis

‘All men are created equal – that’s why all rooms are the same size. A normal earner can no longer afford to live in many large cities.

‘Rent explodes and people live in precarious conditions. We live in a time of madness, a time when everything seems to be possible.

‘Why shouldn’t it then be possible to transform Buckingham Palace, a symbol of royal power and wealth, into social housing?’

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