Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people – TED Talk

Great TED Talk on Wiki House, shared under Creative Commons License, C & C machine cuts the parts, slots together without tools, 2-3 people can build a house in a day.

Wikihouse.cc the Open Source Construction Set. Print Your Own House.

 

Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

via Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people – YouTube.

Modular home comes delivered in a 10 foot box and is assembled “like an IKEA house”

via Modular home comes delivered in a 10 foot box and is assembled “like an IKEA house”.

House Arc, by Bellomo Architects, is a prefabricated off-the-grid housing solution that facilitates compact living. The project was originally designed as an environmentally sensitive and affordable method of housing that is not only functional but also attractive to the eye. Furthermore, it is designed to be easily packed and shipped to any location, where it can then be erected by the user or community. “We designed it to be a kit of parts that can be assembled quickly-like an IKEA house,” says House Arc architect Joseph Bellomo.

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The House Arc is designed to be flat-packed and shipped in a remarkably small box that measures 4 x 10 x 3 feet (1.2 x 3 x .95 meters). The lightweight base structure consists of a modular system of bent steel tubes that can easily be assembled on site. Constructing the low-impact home requires no special training and is similar to building modular furniture, with a kit of parts and an easy-to-follow, graphic installation manual. Upon assembly, the House Arc becomes a curvaceous 150 square-foot (14 square meter) home that weighs 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg). The house features large windows that allow natural light to filter through the dwelling. A shading trellis limits the amount of heat that can infiltrate inside the building and the raised structure allows air to flow underneath for cooling, whilst also maintaining the permeability of the site. The House Arc can withstand the elements, including tropical winds, and also features a roof designed to support solar energy-generation.

Optional additions to further enhance the sustainability of House Arc include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels and insulation that can be added between panels.

Whilst the House Arc would make an attractive backyard retreat, the lightweight and easy-to-construct house could also function as an emergency shelter. It is a primary focus of Bellomo Architects to develop the House Arc concept so it can be used to house people in devastated areas after a catastrophic event or to replace housing that was not built to withstand such forces. “We foresee the House Arc in locations such as Haiti and New Orleans” says Bellomo Architects.

We just hope that they will drop the US$65,000 price tag for such a noble cause!

The House Arc will be a featured prefab house at this year’s Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California from June 2-3.

 

via Modular home comes delivered in a 10 foot box and is assembled “like an IKEA house”.

Tempohousing from Amsterdam

modular design. Same company as container city. Would be interesting to get their thoughts on one vs other

The housing system of Tempohousing is based on the principle that the units are similar to shipping containers, so the transport options are universal. Universal means: they could be produced anywhere and they can be re-used or re-sold to any other place in the world. The container sizes are defined in ISO standard: 8 ft (2,4 m) wide, 40 ft long (12 m) and 8’6” high (2,6 m). There are a few variations in size: higher units: 9’6” (“high cube”) and longer units 45 ft (13,5m) and for some – not European – markets 53 ft (16 m).

The designs of Tempohousing are all based on 8 or 16 ft wide (2,4 or 4,8 m) and 40 or 45 ft (12 or 13,5) long. These are the most efficient designs. For some customers we have developed designs with 3 or 4 units side by side, but this is an exception. The beauty of the Tempohousing system is its simplicity. Of course we can cut up the steel shells and build the castle of your dreams but we prefer to stick to the standard models.

Just the supply of prefabricated modular homes in your nearest port does not constitute a complete building that can be occupied by its users. The following activities are for example necessary on the future construction site to complete a housing project: architectural drawings and detailing, consultants to verify the local building code, building permits, connections to the local sewage and potable water and power and telephone systems, a foundation, a roof including rainwater provisions, staircases and sometimes elevators, walkways and balconies if included in the design, stacking the units with cranes, connecting all services between the units (vertical) and last but not least some landscaping (parking, access, lights, mailboxes, door access system, routing system, green areas). We will be happy to assist in all these activities. Outside the Netherlands, we team up with partners with a local presence to implement all the activities above. See building a modular project and modular designs for more examples.

nice views of Dominical

finally - a circle one

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Keetwonen: student housing in Amsterdam

Keetwonen: student housing in Amsterdam.

1050 x 40ft containers = 320,000 sq ft

Keetwonen is the name of the biggest container city in the world (we know of no other village of shipping containers of this size: do you?). Living in a converted shipping container was a new concept in the Netherlands when launched by Tempohousing, but the city of Amsterdam took the courageous step to contract Tempohousing to go and realize it. It turned out to be a big success among students in Amsterdam and it is now the second most popular student dormitory offered by the student housing corporation “De Key” (www.dekey.nl) in Amsterdam (and they have many). The initial fears of some people that the container homeswould be too small, too noisy, too cold or too hot, all turned out to be unfounded: : they turned out to be spacious, quiet and well insulated and certainly offer value for money, compared to other student homes in the city.

They also come complete with amenities often missing in other student dormitories: your own bathroom and kitchen, balcony, separate sleeping and study room, large windows that provide daylight and a view and even an automatic ventilation system with variable speeds. The heating is from a central natural gas boiler system. The hot water is supplied by one 50 liter tank per home and a high speed internet connection is included, as well as a central audio phone system for visitors at the main door downstairs. The whole project was designed with an eye on how students like to live: a place for yourself, not having to share the shower and the toilet with strangers, but at the housing container Bachelorprefab housing unit professor interiorprefab housing unit professor interiorprefab housing unit professor interiorsame time lotprefab housing unit professor interiorprofessortypess of possibilities to participate in the social life of the dormitory, including the many parties that come with being a student. The blocks have a closed off internal area for safe bicycle parking.

student housing Keetwonen

http://www.tempohousing.com/products/housing-solutions/professor.htmlAlthough the project was initially meant to only stay on this site for 5 years (and to be relocated after that – container homes are ideal for that, you move and you take your house with you!), it is expected that the relocation will be postponed until 2016. The project started at the end of 2005 (first 60 homes commissioned) and was completed mid 2006student housing Keetwonen air view5 story , balconies