modular design

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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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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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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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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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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Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Tradition was integral to the design of the Queen Alia Airport terminal. Noting that "Amman is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world," the architects were inspired to create the

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Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

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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Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen that the commission for an eco-resort aroused a strong sense of responsibility given that it would be placed in one of Portugal's most precious parks. This is why the team opted

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Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Completed earlier in 2012, the 156 square meter home was designed to fill in some ruins on the elevated site. The beautiful stone walls were left virtually undisturbed and two identical modular boxes

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Towering Leafy Green Walls Liven up the Boxy Quinta Patino Home in Portugal

Towering Leafy Green Walls Liven up the Boxy Quinta Patino Home in Portugal

Quinta Patino is a relatively small home for a family in Estoril, Portugal. Inside the grey perimeter walls are a series of courtyards, almost one for each room, that are either opened or closed to the

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Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Both vertical and horizontal stacks of Canopea homes can produce nanotowers that respond to the dearth of urban space in France. Each level is a fairly spacious, complete home, and only the very top is

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Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

ECOLAR's basic construction, comprised of beams and columns, essentially stays the same but can be configured differently based on the homeowner's preferences. In keeping with the mandates of genuine

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