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If the idea of spending days on the road in a tent or trailer doesn’t sound appealing, consider Stéphanie Bellanger ‘s Mobile Mini House. The spacious yet compact concept home is inspired by John Lautner’s Chemosphere house and has an ingenious expanding floor plan that features a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen, and office. Bellanger’s design also has ample storage space for clothing, books, and more. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/architecture;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" target="_blank" ><img src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/Inhabitat/architecture;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" border="0" alt="" /></a>
The Homestead House is a conceptual design for alternative housing that explores the potential use of a commercially available steel, prefabricated, modular, high strength, low cost, arch building system normally used for agricultural purposes.
first image 'instant house' by hugon kowalski of H3AR architecture and design all images courtesy of H3AR architecture and design hugon kowalski of polish firm H3AR architecture and design recently created 'instant house' for an international student competition in milan. the theme was that of a temporary residential mini unit, linked to the presence of young people with high levels of territorial mobility connected to particular metropolitan events. the concept includes concrete cylinders, made from styrofoam concrete (which increases the acoustics and insulation and is twelve times lighter than normal concrete). this concrete contains TI02, which will reduce air pollution. in 2014 it will be possible to produce concrete from rice husks which reduce carbon dioxide emissions during the making process.
first image 'houses on the shelf' by ryszard rychlicki of h3ar image courtesy ryszard rychlicki h3ar
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When it comes to homes, Monolithic does not believe in one size or one style fits all . Your Monolithic Dome home can be everything you need and everything you want in the home of your dreams.
The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet (40 sq. meters) interior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. Learning and building an Eco-Dome is the next stage after building a small emergency shelter and provides hands-on learning experience in the essential aspects of Superadobe construction. It's small size of approximately 400 square feet (interior space), makes it a manageable structure for the first time owner builder. The finished "very small house" is self-contained and can become a small guest house, studio apartment, or be the first step in a clustered design for community use in an Eco-Village of vaults and domes.
Slums, sadly, look largely the same the world over -- rickety metal roofed huts thrown together on the edges of vast metropolises to provide some rudimentary shelter for the destitute who live there. A model of the new paper house was set up in Kiel in December. But if a newly designed pre-fabricated house developed in conjunction with the Bauhaus University in the eastern German city of Weimar catches on, the world's shantytowns could get a new look. The buildings are cheap, sturdy -- and made out of paper.