WIRED has an excellent multimedia presentation on instant, transient, or disaster shelters. Many of them are made of common or easily movable transportable objects: flat packs, containers, pallets, etc. Above: Clean Hub by Shelter Architecture; Middle below: DH1 by Gregg Fleishman; Bottom: Pallet House by I-Beam Design. Enjoy!
Those of you that follow the container architecture scene know the name of Adam Kalkin. Here, he's the designer of the Push Button House, which was exported by a company called Illy for display in Europe. At the push of a button, the container opens like a flower, transforming a simple, rectangular box into a fully furnished, functional space. Using hydraulic cylinders controlled by a computer inside the kitchen, the house container literally expands into a six-room apartment with a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room and library in a mere 60 seconds. The entire house was created from recycled materials, showcasing the best of Kalkin's industrial creativity. More images below.
This is MOMO, a prefab concept designed by Thomas Lind. The word MOMO comes from the truncation of Modernistiskt Modulhuskoncept, which is Swedish for modern modular house concept. MOMO homes are put together using 107 sf modules that aren’t particularly made with any special green elements other than to be built with high quality, healthy materials. That said, the concept also calls for a living roof with a blend of native water-storing succulents and grasses. The large, wind-sail looking outdoor roof blurs the boundary between interior and exterior with shade and a congregational patio — and if you’re in the right climate, it’d be quite nice to chill in and out of the home. Modules price in at roughly $25,000 each, and the first MOMO summer houses will be built in Sweden in mid-2008. So, the final product won’t necessarily be huge, but it’s certain to be sufficient.
Trump's Stalled Golf, $1 Trillion Clean Energy Market, Small Wind Obstacles, Stylish Prefab, + Green City Branding (WIR)
- Donald Trump’s "Greatest Golf Course" hits bird bunker – seven bird species, and plenty of Scots, hold up $2 Billion development.
- Morgan Stanley estimates that clean energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels could grow to as much as $1 Trillion a year by 2030.
- Wind turbine on your roof? Not so fast. Obstacles include cost, output, noise, and even damage to your home (but even obstacles are surmountable).
- It’s a Fab, Fab World – Modular homes are stylish and affordable.
- Eco-friendly City Branding – Sacramento looking to become green.