ten fold's houses unfold in eight minutes at the push of a button

ten fold's houses unfold in eight minutes at the push of a button

ten fold engineering develops a modular, self-deploying structure that can unfold itself without the need for foundations, builders, or cranes. the core defining all ten fold systems is a unit that can be easily transported to any location on a truck. on arrival the structure unfolds to three times its original transport size, after which it is instantly habitable, with all internal fixtures and fittings pre-installed. the system is reversible, meaning these structures can be refolded and moved to a new location just as quickly.

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ten fold engineering’s structures can be interlinked, or stacked, in various combinations to make larger homes, offices, or even a hotel-style building. the internal layout of an individual unit is interchangeable with a series of folding partitions, letting people design floor plans and room combinations to meet their own needs. the units can also be pre-fitted with a variety of modular pods for batteries, off-grid power systems, or water-treatment systems.



the UK-based company has also designed a series of custom, unfolding accommodations for people with more idiosyncratic architectural tastes. a design entitled the ‘tree house’ expands to reveal a winged floating tree house, while ‘moot hall’ takes the form of a colossal A-frame tent. most of ten fold engineering’s designs are still at a concept phase, with the company calling out to all architects, engineers, and manufacturers who may be interested in deploying the technology.


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    Rick Simmons says:
  • What is the cost to purchase on of these houses. General guidelines would be good

    rebecca stogsdill says:
  • What is the cost to purchase on of these houses. General guidelines of various sizes available and transport to Swaziland.

    Manueka says:
  • it seems as though we are standing outside looking in when it comes to pricing, location to purchase such a home. please share insight for we live in a capitalist society and the market is wide open. let’s get busy. thank you!

    Marv Robinson says:

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