Just a stones throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis
Barcelona has begun installing its first shipping container homes just a stones throw from La Rambla, the famous thoroughfare in the city centre, in a bid to provide emergency housing for people who have been evicted or otherwise driven out of the neighbourhood by gentrification.
Work commenced last week on the 12 small apartments, which are being installed on Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc, a narrow street in the densely populated Ciutat Vella (old city) district.
The container scheme, which has raised eyebrows in a city known for its elegant urban landscape, was initially rejected by the council for fear tenants would feel stigmatised. With over 1,000 people on the emergency housing list, however, it was soon revived.
The organisation behind the project is Aprop an acronym meaning local provisional housing that also means close by in Catalan which is working in conjunction with three architectural practices.
David Jurez, an architect at Straddle3, one of the practices involved, says people have an image of a naff project but that there is nothing shabby about the one- and two-bedroom flats being constructed.