An Ul­tra-low­Cost Mod­u­lar Home

Fast Company - - Innovation By Design - —MW

It looks like the sort of ridicu­lously pricey modernist retreat that de­sign lovers dream of—a rich per­son’s spar­tan play­house that could be nes­tled in the woods or perched on a heath. In fact, the 527-square-foot model home, an aus­tere black box with large win­dows, cost only $9,408 to build and was fab­ri­cated largely from a sin­gle ma­te­rial (cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able ply­wood) by a sin­gle ma­chine (com­put­er­ized cut­ter). De­vel­oped within Ikea’s ex­per­i­men­tal Space10 lab by Dan­ish ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents Jo­hanne Holm-jensen and Mia Behrens, the pro­ject, called Build­ing Blocks, is a work in progress: Space10 is mak­ing all de­sign files avail­able for free to other ar­chi­tects and builders to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing the model, an ex­per­i­ment in low-cost, sus­tain­able mod­u­lar homes for all us non-bil­lion­aires.

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