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PREFAB FRIDAY: Bicycle Rack-Inspired Modular Home

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 24, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Accessories and Fashion,Architecture,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

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This curvaceous modular home [1] by Palo Alto architect, Joseph Bellomo, is joining the ranks of affordable, modular housing. Dubbed the House Arc [2], Bellomo was inspired to create the home after the success of his modular bicycle rack design, the Bike Arc [3] — designed to provide efficient storage space for bicycles. The House Arc prototype will make its debut sometime this year on the big island of Hawaii.

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Made from tubular steel armature, the home is placed above ground on concrete piers or a wood deck and then sheathed in translucent polycarbonate plastic. The home is designed to be off-grid [4] and is coated in a photovoltaic film [5], which will power all the internal lighting and appliances. The modular component arcs are designed to be lightweight making transport easier and cheaper.

Bellomo estimates that it could cost $100,000 for an 800 square foot prefab home [6]. His design lends easily to additions and extensions of the home as needed. The simple design and modular capabilities could lend themselves well to emergency shelters and even low-income housing should the costs to manufacture the home decrese. The curved walls are certainly not traditional and may require some interior design ingenuity, but it is a fresh design and the prototype house should be very intriguing.

+ Bike Arc [7]

via Re-Nest [8] and SFGate [9]


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URLs in this post:

[1] modular home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/01/prefab-friday-european-influenced-hangar-prefabs/

[2] House Arc: http://www.bikearc.com/houseArc.html

[3] Bike Arc: http://www.bikearc.com/halfArc.html

[4] off-grid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/20/adex-furturistic-prefab-for-modular-off-grid-living/

[5] photovoltaic film: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/02/solar-ivy-photovoltaic-leaves-climb-to-new-heights/

[6] prefab home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/17/the-annie-residence-bercy-chen-studio/

[7] Bike Arc: http://www.bikearc.com/homepage.html

[8] Re-Nest: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/prefab-modular/bicycle-rack-become-modular-home-designsan-francisco-chronicle-6212009-088022

[9] SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/21/BUF217P3HV.DTL

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