Prenuptial house

Architectural design is increasingly flexible and modular to reflect the fast-paced, mobile nature of our societies.

Whilst we’re big fans of any housing which offers design flexibility, we’re not sure Studio OBA’s house is the most positive way to start a marriage.

Impermanence is also expressed in falling marriage rates and high divorce rates around the world. Different services have sprung up to address this market with divorce mini-breaks, platforms for separated parents managing child support and even gift cards for low-cost divorces.

Now, a Dutch architectural firm has brought these two social trends together and created a modular house that can physically separate when a couple does. Studio OBA's design is called the prenuptial house. The components are made from wood and carbon fibre, prefabricated independently of each other and slotted together in a Tetris-like formation to form one unit.

Omar Kabiri, who approached Studio OBA with the design idea, explains, "With the increasing number of divorces each year, our concept is – regrettably – becoming more and more relevant. I especially like the fact that we can stabilize the home front during an otherwise very hectic time." In keeping with its Amsterdam origins, the house will also float to cater for those divorcees that want to try canal living.

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