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Felipe Campolina’s Portable Housing Concept

Felipe Campolina’s Portable Housing Concept
Design

The Brazilian architect's creation addresses sustainability and mobility issues

Mauricio Soares
  • 28 july 2010

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Portable housing

Felipe Campolina took an early concept of a prefab mobile housing unit that he developed, the ECObitat, and took it to a whole new level. The Portable Housing Tower nests hundreds of mobile units, which can be collapsed from 32m2 to 17m2 using a telescopic mechanism, providing better transportation efficiency. The tower’s structure also supports progressive coupling of modules, allowing for flexible living spaces.

The units are composed of a steel frame structure with walls and floors made of OSB (oriented strand board) with thermo-acoustic insulation.  They also have a water reutilization system, as well as green roofs and walls. Each floor of the tower receives up to six individual units that can be mounted or dismounted independently using slide rails and a penknife-like elevator.

The portable housing tower concept was designed to be cheap, flexible, fast to build and environmentally-friendly – attributes cities from all over the world could benefit from.

Felipe Campolina

[via Planeta Sustentável]

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