Earlier this fall, Plant Prefab, a prefabricated residential design and construction company, announced the Nest LivingHome toolkit, a scalable housing solution designed with Brooks + Scarpa. This multifamily system is adaptable for a variety of different urban lot conditions and housing program needs.
“By offering an adaptable, prefabricated ‘kit-of-parts,’ Nest LivingHomes offers developers and affordable housing organizations a flexible solution they can use now for smaller, urban infill lots in order to build affordable housing faster and for a lower cost than traditional, site-based approaches,” said Plant CEO Steve Glenn.
The Nest LivingHomes toolkit is grounded in the belief that housing for the homeless should be scattered throughout regions, rather than having housing concentrated in one community. A main goal for the concept was to give homeless people a sense of dignity and shared social spaces on underutilized parcels of land.
“As the demand and cost for housing continues to rise, Nest was conceived to provide a scalable, cost-effective, high-quality solution to multi-family housing,” explains Angie Brooks, managing principal, Brooks + Scarpa. “Like the nesting habits of birds, the toolkit is based on the different ways people live with the objective of giving everyone an affordable place to live.”
Nest LivingHomes won a $1 million grant from the 2018 LA County Housing Innovation Challenge, which sought projects that address the homelessness epidemic. The grant will support a development for the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, which is currently securing land for the project.