Drawing on ideas from his sculpture practice, Virginia-based artist Craig Pleasants has designed an octagonal, eco-friendly kit house as a low-budget housing alternative that is both beautiful and efficient. The “Octagonal Living Unit” is constructed from pre-cut, recyclable panels of steel and expanded polystyrene, and takes only a matter of days to assemble and finish. With a price tag of less than $25,000 and a footprint under 400 square feet, it could easily function as an artist’s studio, a guest house, a living space for a small family, or (as the need arises) disaster housing. Pleasants is currently collaborating with Kickstarter.com to raise funds to construct a prototype for the Octagonal Living Unit project – if the $21,000 goal is met by June 30, funds will be awarded and the project may continue.

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