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Rotating Living Module Replicates Zero-Gravity to Make Use of Every Surface
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 27, 2011 @ 11:42 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Green Building | 1 Comment
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.
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URLs in this post:
 living module: http://inhabitat.com/tag/modular-housing
 rotates: http://inhabitat.com/rotated-a-schoolhouse-that-can-roll-over-on-its-side/
 anti-gravity: http://inhabitat.com/cern-anti-gravity-and-flying-cars-could-soon-be-here/
 smaller space: http://inhabitat.com/tag/small-space-living
 Materials & Applications: http://www.emanate.org/phalanstery.htm
 + Bureau Spectacular: http://bureau-spectacular.net/spectaculaire/PMD.htm
 Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/23589/zero-gravity/
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