Philippe Barriere Design Collective’s Modular Transitional Growth Housing (MTGH) system proves once again that prefab is not only earth-friendly, but a highly-adaptable, scalable, and efficient form of building. The project, conceptualized for a post-Katrina New Orleans housing competition, and runner-up in last year’s Metropolis Next Generation competition, delivers a system to provide everything from minimum emergency shelter units to large-scale town house residences.

Designed for mass production, affordability, and easy transport, these compact housing units also boast a self-recycling process that reuses existing parts for future applications and BioClimactic design for natural light and passive cooling.

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From Philippe Barriere Design Collective’s website:

“MTGH allows for expansions through its occupants housing needs, and recycles itself through the process of housing evolution. The unique self-recycling feature entails reusing existing parts, a process of organic shading, as MTG evolves towards a more mature expression and a more complete appropriation and identification of of housing which is tailored to the individual’s life need and span, in tandem with their socioeconomic resources. Beyond the use of recycled materials, the BioClimactic Design (high ceilings and naturally induced cooling ventilation) addresses priorities in vernacular architecture making MTG housing with a character of nobility and environmental assimilation.”