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Shelter No 2: An Affordable Prefab Pod

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 11, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

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Pod living is becoming a new trend in prefab design — small houses carefully designed to contain everything you need to sustain yourself in a small space. Broisson Architects [1] of Naucalpan, Mexico has a new design for a prefab and modular pod house [2] – Shelter No 2. This three-story home is designed for any socio-economic level, and contains enough room sleeping space for 3, a kitchen, reading and living area and hydroponia area. Able to be constructed at a speedy pace and built from recycled materials, the architects think this home could be a model for affordable housing.

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The tiny pod [3] was first built during an exhibition in 2008 as a thank-you to UGS Mexico, and was granted space this summer at the Hacienda la Concepción at Tepotzotlán México. There are 3 levels inside connected by a central spiral staircase – the first contains the hydroponia areas; the second has a kitchen, reading area, living room and bathrooms, and the third has two bedrooms, a study and a closet. Construction time for the shelter is fast and additional modules can be added for more space.  The small house itself is also constructed from 90% recycled materials [4].

Admittedly, the space looks tight, and it seems improbable that all of the space it holds could actually be contained within — but that’s exactly the point of small pod homes [5]. Pods are by no means simple. A lot of design and engineering go into shrinking luxurious living into a smaller area, so there is definitely something to be said for living in so little square footage. Broissin’s ability to pack in all the necessary components of a home into such a small volume is intriguing, and we really hope to see one in person one day!

+ Broissin Architects [1]

Via Treehugger [6] and World Architecture News [7]

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[1] Broisson Architects: http://www.broissin.com/demo/

[2] prefab and modular pod house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/20/adex-furturistic-prefab-for-modular-off-grid-living/

[3] The tiny pod: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/27/paco-unit/

[4] recycled materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

[5] small pod homes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/16/sheds-for-living-small-practical-prefab-living-space/

[6] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/prefab-pod-housing.php?dcitc=th_rss_design

[7] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=12282

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