Gallery: Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s La...

Nobody owns land in China so all living situations are essentially temporary, but the country's landless might be able to get their hands on their own off grid tiny house and garden. Deisgned by the People's Architecture Office (PAO) and the People's Industrial Design Office (PIDO) as part of the 2012 Get it Louder Exhibition, the Tricycle House is a fully functional and portable dwelling accompanied by a garden on wheels.

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion to expand. Unbelievably, the little Tricycle House is equipped with a collapsable sink, stove, and bathtub, as well as a water tank and transforming furniture.

Human powered, the Tricycle House is completely off-grid and because it is translucent, it gets its lighting from either the sun during the day or exterior lights at night. A couple could survive with one portable house and a Tricycle Garden – as depicted in these fabulous images.

+ People’s Architecture Office

Via Arch Daily


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  1. Bike To Australia November 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    How is this superior to a cloth tent?

  2. RelayerM31 April 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I work in China. I’m sorry I just can’t see this thing being anything close to practical. You have to USE the trike for work when you’re not sleeping in it.

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