Self-storage and the megatrend of urbanisation

Urbanisation is advancing and new hurdles have to be overcome. At the same time, there are also enormous opportunities to make cities more resilient. Self-storage offers numerous solutions. Plus, is there already a "smart city" in Switzerland?

Bigger, faster and louder? Urbanisation is advancing and there are new hurdles to overcome. At the same time, there are also enormous opportunities to make cities more resilient. Self-storage provides a remedy for exploding rents and the housing shortage. Plus, is there already a "smart city" in Switzerland?

Urbanisation Megatrend & Megacities

The year is 1900. The last century? Full of revolutionary changes. Human and civil rights, democracy, industrialisation and a market economy offered profound upheavals but also opportunities. The global population is 1.7 billion. You get into a time machine and arrive in the year 2011. Now the population has reached 7 billion and by the middle of the 21st century it will probably be 10 billion.

Today's scenario: fast-moving cities, life in the smallest of spaces and landscapes covered in concrete. City life is booming. In the mid-20th century, 30% of people worldwide lived in urban centres. Today, half of the global population lives in cities and by 2050 it is expected to be 80%. But how is humanity coping with this megatrend of urbanisation? Space is running out, or to put it another way: space is and will become a luxury. This is because advancing urbanisation is coupled with high rents and means that renters can afford fewer square metres on average. Where space is at a premium, our solution is… self storage!

Self-Storage in urban development

An important principle in urban areas: sharing is caring. The first buildings constructed with a sharing concept already exist. Be it the balcony, the car or even the living room. It is the young generation in cities in particular that is already experiencing this way of living. For them, using instead of owning is a far more flexible way to optimally shape their already mobile lifestyles. Self-storage also helps with its numerous solutions that allow increased flexibility in homes. In addition, relationships nowadays often include several households, and this requires the necessary storage space.

The recipe for success in urban planning and development is to offer infrastructure space precisely where there is high inner-city demand. For customers to benefit, self-storage must be centrally located in urban areas. This is the only way to guarantee an optimal service and solution to the space problem.

The Iberians, Barcelona and Zebrabox

Does Spain already have "cities of the future"? In the 3rd century BC, the Iberians were the first to settle on the Iberian Peninsula. More than 2300 years later, Barcelona is the most important "smart city" in Spain. Barcelona Smart City is a benchmark for connectivity solutions applied in cities. This city aims to be the smartest in three aspects: social, economic, and urban.

And what innovative buildings can also be found in Barcelona? That's right, Zebrabox! Specifically in four areas of the city: Eixample, Putxet, Sants-Badal, and Sant Feliu de Llobregat. If you want to embrace your inner nomad, we offer individual storage units from 1 to 50 m2. Have fun traveling with minimal luggage because it's always better to leave it in your Zebrabox.