Felipe Campolina’s Portable Housing Concept
The Brazilian architect's creation addresses sustainability and mobility issues
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.