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Post from Railroad Housing

Railroad Housing | Projects | Rolling Houses | Portfolio

  • The problem we were faced with is in this industrial time, living space is steadily rising in price, and people are unable to afford it. So, we plan to take the empty space of the city, such a abandoned railways. The contribution to the solution I invented was the rolling house, a hexagonal shaped house with giant wheels on the outside. Each of the rooms were set in the walls, so you could turn your whole house to change rooms. This was successful in creating an open plan and a futuristic look.

    My house was created for more nomadic people, who might want to move around and experience the world, meaning they wouldn't have to pay for staying in a certain place. It means they could use the abandoned traacks to move around and wouldn't need to pay rent. 

    The way it worked was by having a track around the house which slid into the wheels, so when you wantd to move it, the house would stable out itself, but when you wanted to change rooms, you could put a pole through the holes in the track and wheels, keeping it stable. My main problem was finding a way for the wheels to stay stable but also lock and I didn't think of this solution to the very last day. I aslo found issues with scaling and having to live in such a small place.

    When I started off, the hexagonal shape was to be upwards, but that soon changed because it meant the wheels that would go around would be too big and it would be a waste of resources. So I rotated the hexagon to be on the side so that it could be long, instead of tall, and wouldn't change the diameter of the wheels. When I went into designing the inside, I was taught that there are three main purposes of a house, eating, sleeping and relaxation. So I decided to divide the inside space into three modular sections. Then, I went around and made them as compact as possible, such as having the kitchen island be able to fold into the cupboards, the table in the living room be able to fold into the floor and transform into a couch with its accompaning chairs folding up into the roof, and the bedroom be divided into three rooms, a shower, a toliet and a hall. The rooms of the toliet and shower would only go half way up, creating a loft space. One would be able to pull out a metal bar from the toliet roof and connect it across to the shower, and then the roof on the shower can fold across to connect to the toilet roof, giving you a nice bed or loft space. But then, we realised we needed a use for the giant wheels. The idea of having each room be a different side of the hexagon was pitched to me, and I decided to explore it further. I gave each room some space between the the floor and the outside, allowing me to do things like set the bed into the floor and make foldable furnature or cupboards. Then, I had to design a door that could work in all six ways. So, using a camera lense as a precedent, I creates this door which opens by moving back six