Prefab Off-grid Tiny Home

“‘House Arc’ is a modular, prefab housing system developed by Palo Alto, California-based Bellomo Architects. Designed to be 100% off the grid, the 150-square-foot unit can be flat-packed and shipped in a box that is 4x10x3 feet in size.

   Considered a model for compact living, the structure’s curvaceous shape is formed from a lightweight frame made of steel tubes – when complete it weighs only 3000 pounds. The intention of ‘house arc’ is to aid people located in areas devastated by natural disasters and other unforeseen events, as a means of replacing residences that were not built to withstand certain forces of nature. Hence, it has been constructed to withstand tropical winds and weather.

   The capsule-like dwelling features a solar energy generating roof. large windows allow natural light to flood through the space, while also funneling air through the interior, creating a cross-breeze, while a shading trellis limits heat infiltration. The raised structure permits air to flow beneath the framework for cooling, while maintaining permeability of the site.

   ‘We designed it to be a kit of parts that the average person can assemble quickly–like an IKEA house, only easier to put together.’

– Joseph Bellomo, Architect”

https://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/18856/bellomo-architects-house-arc.html

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Prefab Off-grid Tiny Home

  1. I love it. I suspect the trellis might suffer in gale-force winds, but I'd be happy to be wrong.
    What a perfect idea for an emergency shelter. I don't suppose the kitchen and bathroom come in that same 4x10x3-foot box, but I'm going to check out the architect's link.
    I guess everyone is checking it out, because the link declined to open completely. Trying again.
    K

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