P3 Research - Mobile Architecture





MICRO COMPACT HOME - Richard Horden 




The micro compact home is a high quality compact dwelling for one or two people. Its neat dimensions of a 2.66m cube adapt it to a variety of sites and circumstances, and its functioning spaces of sleeping, working/dining, cooking and hygiene make it suitable for everyday use.

Developed as an answer to an increasing demand for short stay living accommodation for students, business people, sports and leisure use and for weekenders.



FINCUBE - Studio Aisslingera 

The house has a small footprint of 2 square metres and is designed to be easily taken apart and rebuilt in a new location.


Made entirely of local wood, the building provides 47 m? of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint: local suppliers and local crafts using local long-lasting and recyclable materials manufactured with the precision and care of tyrolese handwork. The FINCUBE is a materialized vision of a small housing unit with a long life cycle.

It can easily be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site, and even more important for nature hideaways: it requires minimum soil sealing - just 2 m2 that are easily re-natured after the FINCUBE is moved to another location.

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CPH Shelter




'CPH Shelter is bringing affordable housing to the city in the form of a modular cargotecture village. Built with organic materials and upcycled shipping containers, the eco-friendly CPH Shelters offer a plug-and-play housing solution that can be moved and installed almost anywhere in the world.

Mobility is also a big factor in the design of the CPH Shelter. The architects have nicknamed the unit ?a houseboat on land? because of how easy it is to move the home to a new location. A typical 30-square-meter CPH Shelter can be disassembled, shipped out, and reassembled in a different location in less than a day.'




Designnobis - Refugee Shelter



'Turkish creative consultancy Designnobis has devised a temporary shelter that could be easily transported and quickly assembled to house those displaced by natural disasters.

The field of disaster relief is becoming increasingly examined by designers and architects. In March, Ikea announced it would be producing 10,000 of the flat-pack temporary shelters designed in 2013 for refugees made homeless by conflict and natural disasters'


"After natural disasters many people become homeless, it is very crucial to provide sturdy temporary shelters that can handle complex structures and these shelters are needed quickly,"


Huts on Sleds - Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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Located within a designated erosion zone on the Coromandel Peninsula, the house was designed as a mobile structure to satisfy a planning condition requiring that all buildings in the area be removable.

A huge shutter folds up across the exterior to reveal and shade a two-storey glazed facade, which has an open-plan living room and mezzanine bedroom behind.




small house on tracks - Tomasz Zablotny & Pawel Maszota


"Our idea is to create and modulate a transformable housing complex so that a certain part of the post-industrial area would always be a liveable and comfortable space for artists, interns, workers or simply those to whom the unique atmosphere of the site would appeal," 

Reusing the site's old railway lines to support a series of tiny mobile homes, all of which can expand when necessary to make more room for their occupants.





Water Bed by Daniel Durnin



'Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate Daniel Durnin created Water Bed, a minimalist mobile shelter that lets you reconnect with nature in an unexpected way. The floating nomadic structure serves as a type of sustainable localized micro-tourism that combines the convenience of a hostel with the mobility of a tent, allowing users to comfortably camp on urban rivers as short-term accommodation. The compact Water Bed embraces the outdoors with large operable windows and is set on wheels so that it can be easily towed with a bicycle.'




NLE - Floating school


NLÉ, the studio founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, developed the Makoko Floating School as a prototype for building in African regions that have little or no permanent infrastructure, thanks to unpredictable water levels that cause regular flooding.

A triangular profile allows the building to accommodate three storeys whilst remaining stable over the water. "It is an ideal shape for a floating object on water due to its relatively low centre of gravity, which provides stability and balance even in heavy winds,"


Makoko Floating School is a prototype structure that addresses physical and social needs in view of the growing challenges of climate change in an urbanising African context. It is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

Makoko Floating School is a 'prototype' building structure for NLÉ?s proposed 'Lagos Water Communities Project' and its 'African Water Cities' research project.








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Austrian architects WG3 have designed a mobile hotel room that could be delivered to all kinds of outdoor locations.

The small modular container, named Hypercubus, provides enough space for two people to stay inside comfortably.

The prepaid accommodation was planned for sites with available facilities, but each room still comes with its own sink and toilet.





BVN Donovan Hill - Refugee shelter



Times of emergency call for quick action to get victims into safe shelters. Plenty of easily-assembled emergency structures have been designed over the years, but Australian architecture firm BVN Donovan Hill has presented an interesting take on the topic. Their idea goes together like a 3D puzzle, each piece of plywood slotting together as easily as a flat-pack furniture kit.




'Tracy Metz, a Harvard fellow that has spent years researching architecture and infrastructure strategies that integrate water, believes the change is already underway.

"You see that the design in our cities for water is really one of the drivers of urban design and architecture now," said Metz, speaking at the What Design Can Do conference in São Paulo this week.

"It's about making the city flexible," she added. "How do we use these spaces that sometimes are wet, sometimes are dry?"



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