“…if design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities…until all design activities are aimed towards meeting primary needs. Until then, design must disappear. We can live without architecture…” superstudio, 1971


WOHNhaus 42 is a 42 square meter (455 sqaure feet) detached laneway home that is designed to be affordable, accessible, and sustainable, while also having to ability to fit  into virtually any residential  lot in Calgary.

Laneway homes have the ability contribute greatly to the overall sustainability of the city by increasing urban density and creating affordable housing opportunities for people that wish to live closer to where they work, shop, and play. In addition, they have the capacity to make  Calgary's urban  back-lanes more green, liveable, and safe. Laneway homes as an additional housing option also provides the opportunity to preserve  existing streetscapes, while adding character, vibrancy, and security to the backlane.  Most importantly, this type of housing is versatile and ready for diverse groups of people, including seniors ready to downsize, adult children who want to live independently, and renters who want to live in detached housing.

(for more information, click on the image above to download a pdf booklet)