How to reconcile family, proximity and autonomy? Belgian designers and manufacturers have developed an innovation that allows older people to stay longer with their families.
In collaboration with the Belgian designer Axel Enthoven, the Belgian company Hahbo imagined Cango, a kangaroo house that allows a family member to live longer at home, in complete comfort and safety. This home solution is also ideal for teenagers who want to test independence without leaving the family nest. It is a solution for any family who has a garden or land and who would like to add a room, for example a separate office.
This type of accommodation has been specially designed for the elderly or those in need of care, and it is a valuable alternative to the traditional assisted living circuit. With a fairly wide range of customisation options, in order to be able to meet all needs. Cango can also integrate all kinds of smart and home automation technologies (presence sensors, emergency button or even light therapy) that improve living comfort. As the builder says, “everything is designed so that the resident can lead a comfortable life while enjoying the warmth and security offered by the family, without reducing freedom and privacy.“
Largely flexible accommodation
As Axel Enthoven explains on the manufacturer’s website, “human beings are at the heart of all my creations. CANGO, in particular, combines comfort with the fundamental human values of freedom and security. This alliance makes it possible to coexist in harmony. With people in the foreground. (…) At the same time, CANGO is equipped to offer more dependent people the life they deserve, close to their families.“
The initiative is sustainable and promotes recycling and reuse. The module evolves according to the needs of the family. It can be moved, enlarged or even reassigned. In addition, its design and installation are simple: after the future owner has made the choices that will allow them to personalise their home, the module goes into production for about ten weeks. Installation and connections are done in just one day.
The starting price is around €60,000.