bellomo architects: house arc
bellomo architects: house arc 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


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

  • like it

    olex says:
  • This reminds me of those old portable trailer RVs, say, from the 50s era. I’d like to get my massage first, then let fly on my critique.

    Studge says:
  • I agree. It looks like an old-style caravan, and the wheels have been stolen because it was left in a dodgy area.

    BS says:
  • Jeeze, these boys sure got a lot of ladders. And three days to build this? Well, it was a workshop, and I guess everybody brung their own ladder, so it figgers.

    Ayep Asop says:
  • this design would be nothing without the accessible ramp

    dbkii says:
  • Where’s the potty?

    mauijeep says:
  • I adore it! Not knowing the mechanical specifics, could the slats on the side be designed to roll out and then screwed in? Sort of like the Jacob’s ladder but less foolishness.

    M. Witzke says:
  • I love it!

    ARK says:

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