modular design

KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

Just when you thought that clothing racks are to remain forever mundane, KAYIWA excavates the DINO. After eight intensive years of research and development, the DINO clothes rack is now available in three

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Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

The new Plant Experiment by NOTlabs is a limited collection of LEGO-like walnut planters. The different rectangular shapes and sizes were CNC milled from a single block of walnut and hard finished by Jean

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Gustavo Penna’s modular bus stop blends into the urban landscape in Brazil

Gustavo Penna’s modular bus stop blends into the urban landscape in Brazil

Gustavo Pena Arquiteto & Associados just completed their design for the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) bus stop in Brazil- a modular metallic structure that blends into the urban landscape. This unique

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Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to keep cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to keep cool at the 2015 World Expo

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a series of exhibition

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Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

That'll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers. The modular structure was built in just three days and will be

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida and designers Dokter + Misses have just launched a new and sustainable pod living system, the POD-Indawo. The locally designed and manufactured "nano-pod

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

The BOB copper-clad cubes can be self-attached in a variety of multifunctional configurations, essentially allowing the customer to build custom sized tables, chairs, room dividers, stools, benches, etc.

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Each summer Vancouver works to create vibrant pedestrian spaces to help people make the best of the good weather and sunshine. The VIVA Vancouver program supports parklets, hosts concerts and events and

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Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Photograph by Norman McGrath Why buy a couch, chairs, a bed, tables and storage units when you could just build yourself a set of Superstairs like the ones architect Dennis Holloway came up with back

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Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Despite Seville's inland location, the city does in fact have a port on the River Guadalquivir in the heart of town. River cruises arrive at the port and dock to let passengers on and off, with easy

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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J1 Studio’s Modular T.SHELF System Creates Gorgeous Sculptural Shelves

J1 Studio’s Modular T.SHELF System Creates Gorgeous Sculptural Shelves

Jae Won Cho's T.SHELF (triangular shelf) is a modular system that can be built into multiple shapes with various functions. The T.SHELF system is based on the strongest geometric shape, the triangle, and

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Stackable ModCubes Make Building Lets Your Build Furniture in a Snap

Stackable ModCubes Make Building Lets Your Build Furniture in a Snap

What's the problem with furniture today? You buy it for a purpose such as a bed or a wardrobe, and when it's outlived it's usefulness, you simply throw it away! Massachusetts-based design and

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The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

To create the sound-related and instrumental features of the building, the architects consulted musician and sound designer Louis Dandrel. The majority of the Metaphone building (the technical spaces and

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Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

Team UNC oriented UrbanEden to maximize winter solar exposure while reducing solar gain during hot summer months. The 8.7kW rooftop solar array is mounted on a flexible track that can be swung over to

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Prefab Eco Resort Planned 356m Above Sea Level in the Mists of Peru’s Cloud Forest

Prefab Eco Resort Planned 356m Above Sea Level in the Mists of Peru’s Cloud Forest

Each of the prefabricated buildings will be built on a 6m hexagonal base, utilizing a modular design in place of conventional pitched roof buildings that are normally erected in rain forests. There are

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Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

Phonebloks: Modular Phone Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks So You Never Have to Throw It Away

It seems like most people get a new cellphone every year these days - and while that’s good news for phone manufacturers and telecoms, it’s not helping our wallets or the environment. Enter PhoneBloks

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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed, and

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Modular BUILD Blocks Can be Stacked Up to Create Flexible Shelving

Modular BUILD Blocks Can be Stacked Up to Create Flexible Shelving

BUILD is a lightweight modular shelving system based on a single geometric unit. The versatile blocks can be stacked up to suit a wide range of functions - from shelves to partitions. Freestanding or

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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Pink Intruder Unveils Gorgeous Pixelated Cardboard Pavilion in Valencia, Spain

Pink Intruder Unveils Gorgeous Pixelated Cardboard Pavilion in Valencia, Spain

A battle is raging even though you don´t know from Noel Arraiz on Vimeo. Pink Intruder constructed an undulating canopy from hexagonal corrugated cardboard boxes to represent a cave,

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