• So Hot Right Now // Mobile Buildings.


    Posted on 4th October, by Dana Tomić Hughes in architecture, interior design, stories on design. 2 Comments

    So Hot Right Now: Mobile Buildings Design Trend, curated by Yellowtrace.

     

    What does a library, a pizzeria, a town square, a holiday house and a vacuum cleaner have in common? You see where I’m going with this? No? Allow me to elaborate.

    It’s certainly no news the (Western) world has been moving towards a more mobile existence for quite some time. Advancement of technology in combination with our continued pursuit of alternative lifestyle has brought about many developments towards innovative, or should I say – less conventional ways of working, living and holidaying. One such example is the move towards mobile buildings. Whilst this is far from being a new trend, it’s definitely interesting to see how varied these buildings are in their usage and the way in which they are configured. From true mobile homes such as the repurposed vehicles and shipping containers, to more conventional shelters designed to fit on the back of a bicycle or a truck, these interesting examples of mobile buildings from around the globe are a real-life comment about the mobile-nature of the world we live in. *says she as she brings you this post from half way across the globe to where she usually lives. I’m telling you, this shit is really happening…*

     

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA | Yellowtrace.

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA | Yellowtrace.

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA | Yellowtrace.

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA | Yellowtrace.

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA | Yellowtrace.

    A47 Mobile Library by PRODUCTORA.
    Photos © LGM Studio / Luis Gallardo, via Domus.

    A47 Mobile Library is designed by Mexican architecture studio PRODUCTORA. It is operated by Fundación Alumnos47, an organisation dedicated to encouraging learning cantered on the arts and contemporary visual culture in Mexico City. The Mobile Library carries over 1,200 books and other printed material on contemporary art housed in a specially designed truck.


    Del Poplo Mobile Pizzeria in converted shipping container | Yellowtrace.

    Del Poplo Mobile Pizzeria in converted shipping container | Yellowtrace.

    Del Poplo Mobile Pizzeria in converted shipping container | Yellowtrace.

    Del Poplo Mobile Pizzeria.
    Photos © Matthew Millman and Eric Zepeda.

    Del Popolo is a mobile pizzeria in San Francisco housed in a twenty-foot transatlantic shipping container that’s been re-purposed and modified into a kitchen. A wall of glass doors exposes the interior, including the traditional Italian-made wood-fired oven. The owner, Jon Darsky, worked with four designers and spent $180K to fit the container on to a heavy-duty delivery truck. Information on where to find the pizzeria next can be found via Del Popolo’s Twitter.


    Bao House mobile home by dot Architects | Yellowtrace.

    Bao House mobile home by dot Architects | Yellowtrace.

    Bao House by dot Architects.

    Bao House mobile home is a 2 x 2m cube fixed to a tricycle so it can be moved around while functioning as shelter. It was exhibited in Sanlitun Village, Beijing as part of the “Get It Louder” 2012 exhibition. The exterior of the house is made of SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam). Fabric was deployed as exterior mould, and SPF was injected creating a bubble-like surface. The interior is designed to accommodate three people. More info here.

     

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home APH80 by ABATON | Yellowtrace.

    Portable Home ÁPH80 by ÁBATON
    Photos © Juan Baraja.

    ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80 series as a dwelling ideal for 2 people, easily transported by road and ready to be placed almost anywhere. The team chose dimensions of 9 x 3m to provide just enough space for two people while allowing the house to be hoisted onto the back of a truck for transport. The proportions are the result of a thorough study by the architects so the different spaces are recognizable and “the feeling indoors is one of fullness”. It is a simple yet sturdy construction made of materials chosen to provide both comfort and balance. ÁPH80 embodies the principles and objectives of ÁBATON: wellbeing, environmental balance, and simplicity.


    Hank Bought a Bus (then turned into an ultimate mobile home) | Yellowtrace.

    Hank Bought a Bus (then turned into an ultimate mobile home) | Yellowtrace.

    Hank Bought a Bus (then turned into an ultimate mobile home) | Yellowtrace.

    Hank Bought a Bus (then turned into an ultimate mobile home).
    Photos © Justin Evidon.

    For his final project at architecture school, Hank Butitta remodeled an old school bus he bought on Craigslist. Now he and his friend, Justin Evidon, are on a 5,000 mile journey across the American Northwest.

    “In architecture school I was tired of drawing buildings that would never exist, for clients that were imaginary, and with details I didn’t fully understand. So for my Masters Final Project I decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space. The bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. It’s not pocket change, but it’s less than a down payment on a home, and it’s less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school. 

    It’s not an original premise, but I don’t feel the opportunities have been explored very thoroughly and I wanted to show people the the potential in converting an existing vehicle. I also thought it was important to demonstrate the value of full scale iteration in architectural education. There are too many architecture students who don’t understand basic physical limitations of materials or how they can be joined. This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood. I think we need more making in architecture!”

    Amen to that!


    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan | Yellowtrace.

    Whangapoua Sled House by Crosson Clarke Carnachan.
    Photos © Jackie Meiring.

    New Zealand represent. This elegant holiday hut lies within the coastal erosion zone on Coromandel Peninsula, where all building must be removable. This is taken literally and the hut is designed to fit on two thick wooden sleds for movement up the site or across the beach and onto a barge. The holiday retreat is designed to close up against the elements when not in use, and measures a mere 40 square meters. It accommodates a family of five in a kitchen/dining/living area, a bathroom and two sleeping zones. The clients sought to explore the real essence of holiday living; small, simple, functional.The interior is the epitome of efficiency, every available space is utilised from cabinetry toe spaces to secret cubby holes within the children’s bunks. The hut is totally sustainable from its modest size to the use of timber in its cladding, structure, lining and joinery and from its worm tank waste system to the separate potable grey water tanks.

     

    Cricklewood Town Square, World's First Mobile Town Square by Spacemakers | Yellowtrace.

    Cricklewood Town Square, World's First Mobile Town Square by Spacemakers | Yellowtrace.

    Cricklewood Town Square, World's First Mobile Town Square by Spacemakers | Yellowtrace.

    Cricklewood Town Square by Spacemakers
    Photos © Theo Simpson.

    Cricklewood, in North West London, is a community with no public space: no town hall, no library, no square, not even a single bench. In response, Spacemakers have created a mobile public space that roamed across the area for a month, reclaiming forgotten patches of land, and transforming them into civic spaces for everyone to use. The square, designed and built by Studio Kieren Jones, moved across Cricklewood on the back of a bicycle, establishing tiny, temporary pieces at various underused sites: from the grass space next to B&Q, to an empty pavement outside a bingo hall, and even on a rooftop car park.


    Home Sweet Home by Hans Kotter | Yellowtrace.

    Home Sweet Home by Hans Kotter | Yellowtrace.

    Home Sweet Home by Hans Kotter | Yellowtrace.

    ‘Almost’, 2012 by Hans Kotter.
    Glass house on trailer, metal, mirror, plexiglas, LEDs.
    Image © Hans Kotter.

    ‘Almost’ was part of an exhibition titled ‘Home Sweet Home’ at Gallery Klaus Benden in Köln, Germany, presented by renowned German artist Hans Kotter. The artwork focuses on the them of a house and a home – defined by a fragile glass structure perched on a trailer, with an interior manipulated with mirror reflections, glass and translucency.


    The Architecture of Vacuums by Frank Halmans | Yellowtrace.

    The Architecture of Vacuums by Frank Halmans | Yellowtrace.

    The Architecture of Vacuums by Frank Halmans.
    Images via designboom.

    Dutch artist Frank Halmans transformed working vacuums into apartments that represent our households and personal space. The vacuums collect dirt which gets stored inside the interior – the home. This projects serves as a metaphor for our homes as collectors of debris – both material possessions and our memories that clutter our minds and our dwellings.


     





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