Home is where the heart is. If you heart riding your bike, as much as they do in China, then the Tricycle House by People’s Architecture Office would be a perfect fit. Careful attention to details and precise engineering is what makes this nomadic apartment a beautiful piece of art. The white frame is actually a translucent polypropylene. Its accordion design allows you to hook up more than one pod to another so you can build to any housing needs. Options for comfortable living include sink, wash tub, stove, water tank, furniture and even an outdoor garden. It honors the environment with supreme sustainability hosting no emissions and no footprints. Your freedom is limitless, completely independent from energy sources and no commitment to live in any one place for any longer than you want.
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Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden were created and produced for a biannual exhibition called Get It Louder, a known platform for emerging artists, designers, film makers, and musicians. We were the curators for the architecture, product design, and urbanism sections. We were also the exhibition designers. The exhibition theme was “The Future.” Therefore the tricycles and our exhibition design were created with a sustainable future in mind. In order to reduce waste we rented plastic shipping palettes and constructed the exhibit spaces in a lego-like manner. After the exhibition was finished we returned the rented shipping palettes.
The Tricycle House is also an experiment with folded plastic as a construction method. Using a CNC router each piece of the house is cut and scored flat and then folded and welded into shape. The plastic we use, polypropylene, is unique in that it can be folded without losing its strength. The house itself can therefore entirely open up to the outside, expand out like an accordion to increase space, and connect to other houses. The plastic is also translucent ensuring the interior is always well lit whether by the sun during the day or street lamps at night.
The Tricycle House is man powered allowing off-the-grid living. Facilities in the house include a sink and stove, a bathtub, a water tank, and furniture that can transform from a bed to a dining table and bench to a bench and counter top. The sink, stove, and bathtub can collapse into the front wall of the house.
The Tricycle House is also partnered with a Tricycle Garden. The garden can be planted with not only grass but trees and vegetables. The front of the garden doubles as tricycle seating in order to maximize green space. And several gardens can be combined to form a large public green space.
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czech republic-based practice H3T architects (vitek simek, stepan rehor, matej velek) has created a 'bike sauna', a transportable sweat lodge pulled by a tandem bicycle. constructed out of
light and durable materials for maximum ease of use, the project serves as a new and unconventional
social tool that interacts with its immediate site.
The AEROMADS project outlines an architectural system that combines air pressure and high-strength intelligent fabrics as a solution for the creation of minimal mass, self-sustaining structures.
Unplugged and detached from source networks, AEROMADS is a discreet architectural unit that utilizes air pressure as a tectonic resource and building material, and sets out to explore the nomadic application of architecture through rapid implementation and removal.
For all those who were completely bowled over by the awesome Transformers movie, check this out. Known as the Prada Transformer it is a portable, shape-shifting cultural pavilion designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas. Commissioned by the well known fashion brand Prada, the pavilion takes the form of a tetrahedron with one hexagonal face, one cross-shaped face, one rectangular face and one circular face. This humongous structure, transforms itself into a platform for various events like fashion shows, exhibitions, concerts by laying its different sides on the ground to create unique venues. Expected to make its first appearance in Seoul, Korea next month, this massive structure will definitely attract a lot of attention.
For five months this shape-shifting venue will host multiple interdisciplinary projects, bringing a unique mix of visual arts to Korea. The building, entirely covered with a smooth elastic membrane, will be flipped using cranes, promising visitors a new experience every time they visit. Events include a fashion show by Korean students, movie screening of films selected by Alejandro González Iñárritu, a exhibition by Prada Foundation called “Beyond Control”, by Germano Celant, which will ‘transform’ the interior of the architectural object by OMA into an inspiring magma of works by some of the most significant contemporary artists. This amazing project is led by by Rem Koolhaas together with associates Kunle Adeyemi and Chris van Duijn, and design architect Alexander Reichert.
A masterpiece, it will definitely become a landmark in Korea’s history.
Tina Hovsepian, a 2009 graduate from the USC School of Architecture, has designed and developed a foldable, portable, emergency housing shelter based on the principles of origami. HerCardborigami shelter is constructed from recycled cardboard and expands into a shelter big enough for two people to sleep in. The cardboard origami shelter can then fold down small enough to carry or even be placed on bus bike racks for long distance transport.