Weston Williamson proposes incremental building to combat Palestinian housing shortage

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British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow.

Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants’ wealth grows.

Weston Williamson claims the needs of the majority of Palestinian households are not being met by the present housing market, with up to 70 per cent unable to afford average house prices.

“The Palestinian housing marketing is currently characterised by oversupply at the high end and undersupply at the lower end,” said Weston Williamson. “Large-scale affordable housing schemes are needed to unlock housing demand.”

“An estimated 70 per cent of households simply cannot afford the average house price and neither do they require the size of property that is generally on offer,” added the studio, which based its design parameters on surveys carried out by Israeli-Palestinian mediating organisation The Office of the Quartet and the World Bank.