How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware A modular system unites the advantages of standardisation (as parts can be produced cheaply in large amounts) with the advantages of customisation (since a large diversity of unique objects can be made with relatively few parts). Modularity can be found to a greater or lesser extent in many products (like bicycles and computers) and systems (like trains and logistics), but the best examples of modular systems are toys: LEGO, Meccano, and Erector (which is now the brand name of Meccano in the US). LEGO, Meccano and Erector are composed of relatively few elementary building blocks, which can be used to build various objects. The parts can then be disassembled and re-used to build something completely different. Apart from the elementary buildings blocks, these manufacturers have produced many more specific building blocks, which are less versatile, but further increase customisation possibilities. Grid Beam, Bit Beam, Open Beam, Maker Beam and Contraptor
The Wicked Sliding House by dRMM Architects With a sleek and minimalist approach to adaptable living, here’s a sophisticated house that likes to “travel”. Located in a rural site in Suffolk, England, and dubbed the Sliding House, it has mobile walls and a roof that glides along rails to cover and uncover the static parts of the 28 meters long dwelling. Work of London-based architects from dRMM, the ingenious design alters views, lighting conditions and the sense of enclosure inside. Though it’s not the home of our dreams, it’s an amazing exercise of design with a stunning outcome. Our only concern is about the cost.
Method Homes How much does a Method Home Cost? There are three categories of costs to consider when calculating the budget for your new Method home: Soft Costs, Site Costs, and Modular Costs. These are based on a typical scope of work. Tiny House In The Outback Once upon a time, I lived in Australia for a while, the thing that remember so clearly is how big the country is and how much space is available. The country is the size of the US, with a population well under 25 million, where 80% of that population lives within 50 miles of the coast, this means that the interior of the continent is very very empty. There is a strong sense of quasi cowboy feel to being in the outback, where I lived while I was there. This house not only captures that sense of the rough and tumble of the bush, but is sustainable too. In an odd way this prefab structure has a turret feel, almost medieval.
Loft Apartment / Ruetemple Architects: Ruetemple Location: Moscow, Russia Architect In Charge: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina, Natalia Gubareva Area: 150 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple From the architect. Top-floor apartment with an attic. Our task was to turn an uninhabitable attic into a comfortable and bright loft. Requirements of the customer – a feeling of light and space, functional furniture, attractive playrooms, ample storage space. The result: the loft apartment with maximum functionality and comfort, minimum decor.
SafariSeat: Open source wheelchair for developing countries. by Uji We've designed a revolutionary wheelchair for people in developing countries. Safariseat gives people independence, unlocking access to education, employment and a life beyond the confines of their own home. We’ve put all our resources into getting this far - now we need your support to develop the open source toolkit and begin manufacture with local workshops in Kenya to make as many SafariSeats as possible.
Z-Glass Plans Cost to Build Want to know how much it will cost to have a contractor build it for you? Visit Build-Cost.net and follow these instructions. General notes about construction costs:Costs for materials are almost the same in different regions but labor costs will vary greatly depending on where you live. We provide costs with a post and pier foundation. Depending on where you live, it is possible you will need an engineered foundation designed by a licensed contractor or engineer in your state.
Minarc / mnm-MOD Prefab Homes Minarc is a Los Angeles based firm that designs modern prefab homes using its proprietary mnm-MOD modular wall and structure assembly system. The mnm-MOD system is a flexible, steel framed, foam-sandwhich wall and floor panel offering lower-cost, high-efficiency, easy to customize and assemble building construction. Minarc / mnm-MOD Home Features / Design Focus Cataloged kit of parts house building systemPre-cut, pre-drilled, assembly readySteel frame, foam sandwich wall panelsNo wood construction productsNet-Zero Carbon Minarc / mnm-MOD Prefab Home Models Steel Clad 350 Sq. Ft. Modern Cabin on Stilts with Shutters on August 15, 2014 Check out this 350 sq. ft. low-maintenance and virtually indestructible modern cabin on stilts with steel shutters. The owner’s hired Olson Kundig Architects to build a weekend cabin that could provide them with a rural retreat during their get-aways to Washington’s Olympic National Park. Since the cabin would be left uninhabited for weeks at a time steel shutters were used to completely enclose and secure the cabin when the owners are away. As you walk up the stairs to the front door and through a small entry way you will see the bathroom on the left and straight ahead the main living space. The living room is very spacious and open with a dining area and compact kitchen.
Tree House / Robert Potokar and Janez Brežnik The Tree House, designed by Robert Potokar of Robert Potokar Architecture Office and co-designer Janez Brežnik, is a wooden play structure that is elevated without requiring nearby trees to support its weight. The concept, originally designed in February 2008 as since been realized three times. More on this project after the break. OSE TV Interview – Austria Tour Open Source Ecology OSE TV Interview – Austria Tour Home / OSE TV Interview – Austr ... Modular building structure - Sowers, John Mark The invention relates generally to building structures, and more particularly to a modular building structure that can be used to expand a permanent structure, and be easily disassembled for re-use when no longer needed. A simple method of facility expansion (e.g., as in the case of schools) includes the use of free-standing trailers or mobile office units that have been pre-fabricated and delivered to a site. While these units include their own climate control and lighting systems, and lend themselves to quick set-up, they also present a variety of problems.