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bellomo architects: house arc
jan 26, 2012
bellomo architects: house arc


‘house arc’ by bellomo architects
images courtesy of bellomo architects

‘house arc’ is a modular, prefab housing system developed by palo alto, california-based bellomo architects.
designed to be 100% off the grid, the 150-square-foot unit can be flat-packed and shipped in a box that is 4x10x3 feet in size.
considered a model for compact living, the structure’s curvaceous shape is formed from a lightweight frame made of steel tubes -
when complete it weighs only 3000 pounds. the intention of ‘house arc’ is to aid people located in areas devastated by
natural disasters and other unforeseen events, as a means of replacing residences that were not built to withstand certain forces of nature.
hence, it has been constructed to withstand tropical winds and weather.

the capsule-like dwelling features a solar energy generating roof. large windows allow natural light to flood through the space,
while also funneling air through the interior, creating a cross-breeze, while a shading trellis limits heat infiltration.
the raised structure permits air to flow beneath the framework for cooling, while maintaining permeability of the site.

we designed it to be a kit of parts that the average person can assemble quickly–like an IKEA house, only easier to put together.’
– joseph bellomo, architect


exterior view


a shading trellis limits heat infiltration


image © drew kelly photography


image © drew kelly photography


image © drew kelly photography


image © drew kelly photography


image © drew kelly photography


image © drew kelly photography


stages of construction


the curvaceous form measures 150 square feet


the lightweight frame is made from steel tubes


simulation of multiple ‘house arc’ units


elevation


large sliding doors and the use of jalousie windows allows for cross ventilation through the dwelling


diagram of ‘house arc’ features


this video illustrates the installation of the first ‘house arc’ which was constructed on big island, hawaii

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