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PREFAB FRIDAY: Prototype for the House Arc Modular Home Unveiled

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 5, 2010 @ 3:01 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments

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We love prefab designs, but we love seeing them come to life even more! Last July, we brought you renderings for the House Arc [1], a bicycle rack-inspired modular home designed by Joseph Bellomo, and now we’re thrilled to give you a peek of the prototype version which was just unveiled. Prefabricated and flat-packed [2] into a 4-by-10-by-3 foot box, the House Arc can easily be shipped and assembled at its final destination.

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The prototype is a 150 sq foot prefab home [3] and weighs all of 3,000 pounds. Built to withstand tropical environments and nasty weather, the rounded design is like an “eggshell where you only need the minimal amount of structure and still have something that is incredibly strong,” says [4] Bellomo. The frame is made from lightweight steel tubing and the foundation consists of a few concrete blocks. Designed to be off-grid, the home will be powered by solar panels [5] mounted on the roof.

Although not originally intended as a solution for catastrophe-wrought Haiti, Bellomo thinks his home might make sense as disastar relief housing [6], and is currently looking for sponsors and investors who may be interested in developing his prototype for that purpose. He says, “We’re going for a kit of parts that the average person can assemble quickly–like an IKEA [7] house, only easier to put together.”

+ House Arc [8]

Via Jetson Green [9] and The Architects Newspaper Blog [4]


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URLs in this post:

[1] House Arc: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/24/prefab-friday-bicycle-rack-inspired-modular-home/

[2] Prefabricated and flat-packed: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/flat-pack-prefabs-could-provide-relief-in-haiti/

[3] prefab home: http://inhabitat.com../architecture/prefab-housing/

[4] says: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/6152

[5] powered by solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/curvaceous-solar-fablab-house-set-to-rock-european-solar-decathlon/

[6] disastar relief housing: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/14/emergency-shelters-and-disaster-relief-for-the-people-of-haiti/

[7] IKEA: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/11/ikea-unveils-new-line-of-solar-powered-lighting/

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

[9] Jetson Green: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2010/01/modular-off-grid-house-arc-prototype.html

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