Perhaps the most radical challenge to the idea of the house-as-property was put forth by the Swiss architect Hannes Meyer. Unlike many architects of his generation, he never designed apartments or single-family houses. Instead, Meyer's major contribution to domestic architecture was the 1924 Co-op Zimmer, designed for a nomadic worker and reduced to one single room containing only the essentials: a bed, a cupboard, and a foldable chair. Such a decision implies that, apart from for the minimum space for self-seclusion, the rest of the space – building and city – are considered as things to be shared with others.

[Hannes] Meyer may have wanted to design a contemporary version of a monk's room, in which the lack property (and thus the need to maintain such property by putting households into an economic system) realises the possibility of happiness. Co-op Zimmer reveals what could be seen as an architecture of use against architecture of property. While the latter must always be the reflection of the identity of the owner, Meyer's room is radically generic and anonymous. Precisely for this reason, it promises its inhabitant the possibility of a life liberated from the burden of household property.

Pier Vittorio Aureli (Real Estates, A Room Against Ownership)
David XLVRS
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