Gallery: Rotating Living Module Replicates Zero-Gravity to Make Use of ...

Due to gravity, only one surface in any space is really usable, leaving seven other surfaces for peripheral functions. But if you could eliminate gravity, every surface in a space could be used and you could minimize your living space -- at least this is the theory of Jimenez Lai Bureau Spectacular. To create a model of the concept, Lai built the Phalanstery Module, a complete living system that rotates once every hour, putting a new surface into action every 15 minutes. Of course, Lai couldn't actually create a zero-gravity situation, but his module gives the impression of zero gravity while maximizing every inch of space.

The living module is a square-shaped room built inside a cylinder open on both ends. Benches, chairs, storage, tables and lounge chairs are all built in, and as the module rotates, new furniture becomes available for use — but only for a limited time before it rotates to shift functions. Rotating on the hour, this basically gives a user less 15 minutes to take advantage of a specific piece of furniture before they relocate or fall into another person — something bound to happen every 7.5 minutes.

Lai’s idea for the anti-gravity module was first inspired by a comic book he wrote about a spaceship that folded up to take people to a new world. Lai’s hypothesis is that in anti-gravity, “one can rotate in architecture and treat all surfaces as planes – i.e. walls, ceilings and floors. Without gravity, all surfaces can be occupied.”  And if every surface can be utilized, then you need less area and can live within a smaller space.

Phalanstery Module was built in 2008 at Materials & Applications in LA.

+ Bureau Spectacular

Via Architizer

Images © Scott Mayoral


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  1. ines p June 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Great idea!

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