N55: walking house
N55: walking house N55: walking house
sep 27, 2010

N55: walking house

N55’s walking house all images courtesy of N55



walking house is a mobile and modular dwelling system created by the danish architecture studio N55. the concept is a small home which slowly walks allowing its inhabitants to live a slow nomadic life. the dwelling collects rainwater for reuse and also uses solar energy to heat hot water. inside, a small composting toilet is used along with a wood-burning fireplace for heating. the home consists of a main room that can be added onto including a greenhouse addition that would enable the user to grow much of their own food. the unit can also be joined with other to create walking villages. each unit holds up to 4 inhabitants and can be infinitely expanded. the home maneuvers on six legs that are pneumatically powered, allowing it to walk on all sorts of terrains. the unit is a hexagonal prism that has large windows on each end and small platforms inside to split the home into levels. the home travels at a top speed of 60 meters/hour.




the home making its way through the streets



top view hexagonal structure



seat with a view





  • archigram’s walking city is finally here

    ste says:
  • The house is really well made, super fun idea
    love it
    Joen S. Myrtue

    Joen S. Myrtue says:
  • it’s lovable!

    myface says:
  • uh… campers were invented a long time ago. And they’re nicer inside.

    MT says:
  • just perfect 🙂

    totoro says:
    it s an introduction to have towers that can go everywhere!
    with a great speed!

    gh gh says:
  • Technologically interesting. Highly impractical. Wheels exist for a reason. One would need quite a large area of lands, as travel in the public domain would not be supported by current legislation d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Peaceful. I’d love to have this walk me around my property, Through the woods? Beautiful. Reminds me of something Hayao Miyazaki would think of.

    Also, I don’t get the nay sayers on this thread, If you’re looking for a camper go to another website. This place is for abstract, modern inspirations.

    Props n55

    MW says:
  • Design also needs functionality.
    Yes, it looks pretty.
    No, it’s not useful.

    Ameliorate- says:
  • How concept! interesting ,but not to live.

    jimmy says:
  • I also think it’s cool, but where’s the toilet??

    tridn says:
  • ever heard of an RV?

    R says:
  • Wrong solution, to a wrong problem.

    The devils advokat says:
  • no wonder I didn’t get that ‘design’ scholarship…

    Moebius Toiletpaper says:
  • Awesome, really an ingenious design, and its caught my eye and occupied my imagination much better than half of what Ive seen in architecture. way to raise the bar

    Michael Angelo says:
  • That’s the most stupid idea ever. A trailer is more confortable and faster.

    Marcelo says:
  • not very practic even for a prototype caravan on the roads much more usefull, inspite of that, few engineering modifications are needed to be added.
    all in all nice idea!!!

    eng. says:
  • looks like hawls moving castle haha!!!

    bean says:

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