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apr 02, 2010

pallet house

‘pallet house’ by schnetzer andreas claus and pils gregor

pallet house‘ was designed by schnetzer andreas claus and pils gregor, students from the university of vienna. made out of reused pallets it is modular, energy efficient and affordable making it good for low income housing.

back in 2008 they won the gaudi european student competition, for their design, which was seeking designs for minimal houses of leisure for the XXI century on sustainable architecture. since then they have exhibited in numerous cities in europe including venice, vienna, linz and grenoble.

continuing their success with ‘pallet house’, the duo are currently in south africa building a low cost unit that costs 11USD per sq foot together with the organisation ithuba skills collage.

‘pallet house’ at the venice architecture biennale 2008

inside the house

pallets were brought by water at the venice biennale 2008

the 60 square meter pallet house is constructed from 800 recycled pallets

in the evening

the ‘pallet house’ on display at linz constructing the ‘pallet house’

on display in front of the vienna architecture museum

inside the house in vienna

discarded pallets in south africa

pallets collected

  • i am so pleased that you gave me the possibility to express my most inner feelings by posting this comment 🙂

    i can die happy now.

    woohoo says:
  • and it’s heavier then heck!

    gimmy says:
  • I hate to always focus on this, but how is it watertight?

    Andrew C says:
  • Students at Sao Paulo University, in Brazil, performed similar work. In this case, creating furniture from reused pallet wood. This project was called Revale: [url=http://www.designsimples.com.br/revale] designsimples, revale [/url]

    design simples says:
  • Sure, it’s clunky and awkward but, man, pictured at dusk, it’s magical (and, clunky and awkward).

    Mushi says:
  • no? yes!

    nigel noyes says:
  • Water tight? How about air tight? Or did the “efficiency” factor not include heating/cooling/staying dry? Shelter, yes. Housing, NO. A publicity stunt.

    patticake1 says:
  • I think you all are missing the point here. They’ve shown a way to use discarded materials to build a sound structure. The finish work can be tailored to the area it is built in. Leaving it in it’s current state would be ideal for somewhere that receives little to no rainfall, allowing breezes to flow throughout the structure. The voids could be filled with recycled foam, or other insulating material, for harsher climates.

    amcd68 says:
  • I like the fact that the materials used was from “discards.” I, however, believe (we) you have missed the point. The Pallet is a discard from other things. Someone has paid for them directly or indirectly. If this becomes a high demand item, the price will rise to the point of to expensive to use in any of your projects. Supply is equal to demand, that would be ideal. But when the supply changes, the cost will be realized and sky rocket out of your reality. It will not be a “answer to address any need suggested for the less fortunate. Hence, the have-nots will be or still are, but you will may feel good about yourself and your efforts. Sounds like ………….s..t

    honeycuttlb says:

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