Czech company helping supply emergency container housing for Berlin
Inhabitable containers or cabins bear a passing resemblance to a giant Lego set – which can be built up or used for various needs, from company offices to construction site headquarters. One Czech firm, writes Novinky.cz, is supplying more than 2,000 units to Berlin to be used as emergency housing for refugees.
The cabins being produced for Berlin are larger than standard units and include bathrooms or sanitation containers which are normally built separately. According to Mr Žácek, the cabin homes will be built up to three stories high; one such facility, already standing in Berlin, features largely white containers with simple glass windows and a basic color highlights of yellow, blue or red.
The blocks are considered emergency housing to deal with a housing shortage as the number of migrants seeking asylum intensifies. Berlin reportedly has two container villages currently standing with the number set to reach six by August.
Not all are happy with developments: some feel the bright colors of container villages clash with nearby conventional neighborhoods. Critics also charge that the blocks, made from corrugated steel, don’t send the right message, visibly setting refugees apart in their adopted country. It is lost on no one, however, that rapid solutions are needed: at the end of the month the EU is to decide on a path forward to taking in more migrants, not less, from troubled countries in North Africa or the Middle East.