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

bellomo architects: house arc exterior view

bellomo architects: house arc a shading trellis limits heat infiltration

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc image © drew kelly photography

bellomo architects: house arc stages of construction

bellomo architects: house arc the curvaceous form measures 150 square feet

bellomo architects: house arc the lightweight frame is made from steel tubes

bellomo architects: house arc simulation of multiple ‘house arc’ units

bellomo architects: house arc elevation

bellomo architects: house arc large sliding doors and the use of jalousie windows allows for cross ventilation through the dwelling

bellomo architects: house arc diagram of ‘house arc’ features

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

  • I love it!

    ARK
  • 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
  • Where’s the potty?

    mauijeep
  • this design would be nothing without the accessible ramp

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

    BS
  • 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
  • like it

    olex

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