With urban centers rapidly transforming into metropolitan cities, architects and designers are working hard to develop affordable, and above all environmentally friendly, solutions to house the ever increasing number of dwellers. We’ve seen designers come up with portable homes as an answer to the crisis and today we have LAGOON, which too is perfect as a temporary housing solution. Designed by Apiqa Design as an alternative to tents, the housing module provides much greater level of comfort and privacy to the occupants.
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After natural disasters like the super storm Sandy, designers realize that there is a need of structures that can easily be deployed in areas that are hit. Working on the same lines Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross have developed the AbleNook – a rapidly deployable modular dwelling that can be assembled on site in a matter of hours by unskilled people. Multiple units of the tiny modular home can be flat-packed and shipped to the disaster location ensuring that a single trailer truck can provide lodging to a large number of families.
Living structures needed for a desert have to be quite different from what we live in. Challenging themselves to build a sustainable prefabricated house for the desert, Korean practice Violent Volumes has come up with the California Roll House concept – a structure that adapts it to fit in the extreme environment it has been designed for.
Designed by dmvA and Office A3, the Hub 01 is a mobile housing terminal, giving students an opportunity to live in a mobile environment with minimum carbon footprint. Presented during the international Biennial “Interieur”, the concept takes into account tree principles – mobility, personalized student rooms and educational design. The idea is to provide an opportunity to students to take their residences along with them to different places and “plug-in” the house to a central terminal.
Living space doesn’t come cheap in NYC and this is the reason the city’s residents live in shared accommodation. In an effort to make eco friendly living space available to the residents of New York City, designers Lawrence Zeroth, Jack Philips, Brian Schulman and Eugene Lubomir have come up with the “UpLIFT”, a proposal to transform the city’s empty elevated parking spaces into a mesh of prefabricated tiny homes.
Designed by Swedish architect Jason Wagell along with designers at Sommarnojen, the Mini House 2.0 is the successor of Mini House – a modern prefabricated home that can serve as a portable house, a weekend retreat or even a small guesthouse. Designed similar to a backyard shed, the Mini House 2.0 comes with a plethora of eco friendly credentials, which range from the choice of materials to the ability to run completely off-the-grid.
In a bid to make the most of the already dwindling land resources, architects over the globe want us to get into the future in a home which measures just a few square meters, but still manages to include the most necessary amenities while ensuring a reduced carbon footprint. There is no dearth of such portable home designs, but the House Arc by Bellomo Architects is one which is now being fabricated and is available for online purchase.
Whenever we think about our dream home, we usually think about mansions with large gardens and maybe even a swimming pool. What we don’t think is a home made from recycled shipping containers as we believe shipping container homes mostly suit disaster areas where temporary living is required. Architects Matthew Coates and James Green are about to change the perception of shipping container homes with a concept they call the Eco-Pak.