Plugin Tower is a modular multi-story home in Shenzhen, China that circumvents strict planning regulations by eliminating the need for a foundation. Chinese multidisciplinary studio People’s Architecture Office (PAO), known for their temporary architectural solutions, conceived the design as a low-cost alternative to current housing solutions that can be easily packed up and moved.
Requiring no underground foundations, the design circumvents planning approvals and provides utmost flexibility to home-owners. Thanks to its modular nature, the house can also be expanded to include more units, which can be easily inserted into the three-dimensional steel frame. This also allows for endless variations in design and configuration.
The firm used their proprietary Plugin Panel system of modules, which incorporate insulation, wiring, plumbing, interior and exterior finishes. The prefabricated panels are attached with integrated locks and easily installed by a couple of unskilled workers using only a hex wrench.
Photos by Hannah Wu / People’s Architecture Office