By Ina Muri
Posting in Architecture
A company in Oregon is putting a whole new spin on urban planning that give us a new meaning to prefab homes and the conception of "mobile homes."
The urban environment is daunting, the Mashable reports. In a bustling community of millions of citizens, the mere constraints of having so many people in one place can force innovation to materialize out of sheer need.
The development of sustainable, modular and immediate architecture is key in creating a habitable urban environment for a massive population. But a viable option for urban buildings have been around for more than half a century and it's undergoing a dramatic facelift in order to ride he wave of the future.
A lot of Americans have preconceived notions of prefabricates homes where a synonym of the prefabricated home, "mobile home," can have a bit of a lackluster imagery. But prefabricated homes have come a long way since their low-cost roots in the 1950s, the Mashable reports.
Ideabox is an Oregon-based company that's looking to put a spin on modern home design where their goal is to have an efficient, high-tech and sustainable prefabricated home that is not only customized to your daily needs, but also a fraction of the coast of a daily home. They have several projects in the works, and in one of their projects they have partnered with Ikea in creating an eco-friendly neighborhood in Portland.
"There really wasn't a cool, cutting edge, controlled and cost-effective home situation out there," Jim Russell said, the lead designer and cofounder of Ideabox. " Things were too expensive and much larger than they need to be. We thought, t'here's gotta be a better way.'"
The homes themselves are not only made with an eye toward sustainable resource management (including the use of reclaimed wood and recycled metals), but all of the homes are equipped with the latest in sustainable home technology. From EnergyStar-related products to conservation-oriented heating and air systems, Ideabox homes can come equipped with a floor-to-ceiling green options.
"Every time the word 'green' comes up, even today, people think they have to give something up," Russel said." But we can design it in the homes and make it really cool without extra cost."
These homes can either be clustered together, stacked on top of one another or set offshore (Ideabox does have a floating home option for those interested in living on the water.) Further, the row of sustainable prefabricated homes not only saves in home size and efficiency, but it also can be changed and rearranged to accommodate the growth and movement of a metropolis.
"I see potential for the creative of the houses," Russel said. "Prefab is just another way to build, so if you look at he it in that context, it could have a huge application."
[ Via the Mashable]
Apr 8, 2012
Would YOU live in one? A trailer is still a trailer wheels or no. and with ZERO lot line.... I really don't want to watch their breakfast or bathroom from my space. Done that in some really expensive homes... Stupid as it gets.
If your house was destroyed by a flood or tornado, maybe your house will look like this. Crowding a bunch of little boxes tightly together does not mean the design is efficient. In this case, it's just ugly. Location, location, location. There is a trailer park in Santa Barbara Ca.(at least I think that's where it was), right on the beach, with double size trailer homes ($500K), packed cheek by jowl, but who would care. Since you are right on the beach you would only go back to the ugly little boxes pictured above to sleep. Less square footage per unit in apartment buildings would be far more efficient and not nearly as ugly as the example above.
Doesn't have to turn out like a trailer community... but smaller efficient homes are going to have to be built at some point. Interesting that the rendition doesn't seem to orient roofs or home position to maximize PV or solar hot water. The same goes for fenestration on most units pictured.
Does Ideabox have thoughts about how to manage the surrounding infrastructures and environments (roads, utilities, trash, schools, jobs, shopping, air quality, recreation, police, fire protection, medical facilities, etc.) so a collection of houses becomes a thriving community rather than a congested eyesore and daily grind for those living there?