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Inspired by Thailand’s vernacular architecture, based on the idea of flexibility and easy transportation, Bangkok studio All(zone) designed temporary homes that can be erected within unfinished high-rises left abandoned due to economic crashes. These spaces attract squatters and are especially usable in tropical areas. The micro-dwellings can be built on a budget of just $1,200 (£790) and disassembled in a matter of hours.

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The floors are made from plastic-laminated plywood, while a polyethylene-coated metal grid envelops the space and doubles as shelving structure. Different degrees of perforation creates various configurations and spaces that can be unique. The studio built two prototypes within a vacant parking garage in Bangkok for two designers who inhabited the structures for several days. “The prototype house could lead to a new type of housing with less rigid materiality and energy,” said the firm.

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