The Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden are two components of a mobile microhome concept from the Beijing-based design partnership, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO). Inspired by the Chinese experience where the inability to own land is a fundamental condition, the concept proposes that the load platforms of tricycle trucks serve as the foundations of mobile microhomes and gardens.
Made from a polypropylene plastic that can be folded without losing its strength, the microhome exterior is cut and scored so it can fold in and out like an accordion. Multiple Tricycle Homes can be expanded and linked to create extra space, or compressed to fold down flat.
Tricycle Home’s sink, stove and bathtub are designed to fold into the front wall of the home, which also contains a water tank, space-saving shelves and hooks and multi-functional furniture that transforms from a bed to a dining table, as well as from a wide bench to a narrow bench and countertop.
Several homes and gardens can be linked together to create larger housing arrangements.
The translucent polypropylene material allows sun and street lighting to permeate the home without compromising privacy.
Where tricycle trucks are a handy solution to transport products and people, why not create affordable, lightweight, pedal-powered mobile homes wherever temporary housing is needed, restrictive land rights or prices inhibit a sense of place, or urban dwellers seek a mobile get away to escape everyday environments?
The PAO + PIDO concept was designed for the future themed 2012 Get It Louder (GIL) exhibition in Sanlitun Village, Beijing.
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