Sarah Rich

PREFAB FRIDAYS: M-VIRONMENTS

by , 01/06/06

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Michael Jantzen’s work transcends modern design. A m-lange of space-age sculpture and tinker-toy experiment, Jantzen’s buildings and houses span a vast range of functions and architectural styles. Just about everything he’s done is worth a long look (and a childlike fantasy), but we’re most excited about his M-house, a modular house comprised of flexible parts that connect to a matrix of modular supports. Like a toy house, these parts can be disassembled and rearranged at will, allowing the home to adjust with changing needs.



The skeletal structure of the M-house is a grid frame of seven interlocking cubes. Rectangular panels made of steel frames with thin concrete composite sheets attach on hinges to the central grid. These panels can be used to completely enclose a room, accommodating insulation and sealing in heating and cooling. Others can be freely moveable for use as sunshades and rain shelters. Still other panels can be installed on the interior in varying sizes, creating fold-out seating, desks, dining areas and sleeping platforms.

The M-house is designed to be stable without a foundation, which makes it suitable in various terrains and climates; and can be entirely energy independent, with appropriate space for solar panels and wind-energy generation. Because of its extreme flexibility, an M-House could be used for almost any purpose: outdoor playspace, freestanding office, family home, vacation retreat, or, as Jantzen himself suggests, a multi-unit high-tech resort.

The M-House is currently available for sale. If you’ve always dreamed of having a life-sized modern toy house, this may be it.

+ Michael Jantzen’s website

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3 Comments

  1. ACM1PT November 22, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Mira ijueputa, la proxima vez q te robes mi idea t acuso con los recursos humanos y co la sep, la afi y el FBI asi q no t metas con migo pq te rompo el culo en 3. nos vemos brother

  2. claudia January 25, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Nice option for living on your own, but some more colours would have been great.

  3. Justin January 6, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    The m-house has been around for years. Jantzen has some great ideas.
    But this guy – http://www.andrewmaynard.com.au has the goods, as far as I’m concerned……

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