As the space in our cities disappears little by little, a young architect named Felipe Campolina, came up with a solution, which not only is beautiful it also minimizes the impact on nature. Felipe inspired himself from a movement in Japan postwar. In the 50s, there was a group of architects called Metabolist. They worked with prefabricated units. Having this noted down, Felipe started the design of a portable house unit.  (pics)

This was developed with a construction system that approaches both, environmental and social issues. The unit is made of standard OSB plate, thus defining flexible living areas that can be progressively coupled and adequate for transport. The unit is also equipped with windows in tempered glass, green roof and walls and a system that allows the reuse of water. Once the portable unit has been given it’s final touch, the creation of the skyscraper that will be composed of hundreds of these portable housing units was taking shape.


The tower creates an empty metallic structure consisting of rails able to receive those units, giving them a shelter and allowing them the freedom to come and go. Each floor of the tower can receive six independent units, that can enter and leave without interfering with others. The system the tower has been enhanced with, resembles the mechanism of a peknife. As the first floor of the tower fills with portable housing units, for the floors above, has been installed on the left, a house lift. At the other side of the tower there is a vertical circulation for the residents, elevators and fire escape. The geometry of the base of the tower has a projection area on the ground rather small, designed to facilitate its implementation in very dense urban centers, where the space is reduced.The currently need to inhabit the planet sustainably becomes something increasingly important for our future. New concepts for the design and construction of habitable spaces are emerging every day, to meet this new reality and begin to deserve special attention from the architectural project to the stage of manufacture, use and life cycle of buildings.






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