Railroad Housing


Grace MacPherson

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

Final Post

Teresa Huckaby
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Final Presenation

Bridget Tobin and Teresa Huckaby

The rapid expansion of the city population makes the availability of affordable housing problematic. Many large cities have limited affordable housing.We envisioned and designed a modular micro apartment housing system that is using the existing infrastructure of railroad tracks. The proposed compact house modules can move on the railroad tracks can be combined and positioned as needed. Our team focused on a house that could expand to create more exterior and interior space in different weather conditions.

When we first started brainstorming ideas for the house, we began looking at existing micro homes that were similar to what we had envisioned. We looked at house that had different units that could retract from one another.

Our first iteration was to build a house that could separate into two different units to create additional outdoor space. The exterior design of the house looked like three large steps. Our plan was to create sunroofs on each step, that would let in natural light. We had an expanding roof that would go over the large steps to create shade. After looking at the exterior we began to realize that there was very limited space for furniture on the interior, so we began brainstorming ways to fix this. We also received feedback from other coaches,

Our second iteration was definitely much different than the first. Instead of the housing expanding horizontally on the tracks, the house now expanded vertically. We made the house longer but shorter in width. We decided to have the house be in two separate parts that slid together like tetris pieces, to create one larger unit. We also added a small second floor to the house to give more space for different rooms in the house. This design was definitely more efficient and it created a better use of space for the interior. After these changes we were able to work on the interior. We created a couch that converted into a murphy bed that could be used on the first level of the house. Then we made a small kitchen on the first floor. We also made a staircase that lead to the second floor that had a bathroom.

The final product of our house was compact and designed for more simple living. Overall we were very happy with the outcome of the house.


Final Presenation

Bridget Tobin and Teresa Huckaby

Final Presentation

Ian von Schroeter

Railroad shipping container house

Libby Pohl

computer model

Libby Pohl

Today Tina worked on the cardboard model while I worked on the online floor plans. I chose the layout of each room and patio and chose furniature and appliances. I arranged them in a way that made most sense and what opened up the rooms as much as possible because of the houses tiny size. 


Libby Pohl

Today we finished our model and made a toliot, a refridgerater, a bed and figured out the layout of the rooms. We took the measuements of real sizes of house hold furniture and divided it by 16 to make it to scale of our house. We also fugured out how the house would slide on the rails and how it would all fit together with the patio in the middle. We also figured out the dimensions of the different rooms inside. For the bathrrom, we decided we would have a curtain that would seperate the shower from the rest of the room. 

#3 blogpost McMansion

Libby Pohl

What: today we designed and sketched our idea on the Sims. We decided on using a 20 foot shipping container and splitting it in half so that they can slide in and out to expose a patio. On top we are doing the same thing. 

Why: We wanted to combine Tina and my ideas because they were both good ideas and we wanted a movable home that has a patio. 

How: We built boxes on Rhino and notched them together. We glue gunned them together. We laser cut too many boxes though. 

Cardboard house models

Libby Pohl

What: Today we constructed our sketched ideas for our houses.

how: I used cardboard, a box cutter, and a hot glue gun. I made my house slideabke reoresenting the traintacks. I then constructed 3 boxes of equal size and attached two to the bottom and one on top, which also slides apart with the bottom two boxes.

The btoom boxes slide out to expose a patio on the bottom and on a bridge on the top. I also plan to put a slanted roof on the house with solar panels on top. I decided on green and grey for the boxes.