Compact, Modular, And Lego-Like Housing


Compact, modular, and Lego-like housing is nothing new. Buckminster Fuller‘s Dymaxion House (now at the Henry Ford Museum), designed in the 1940s, was probably the first. But the Lustron House was actually sold commercially in the years after World War Two. Though it didn’t turn out to be a commercial success, the house did show the promise of pre-fabrication and mass-manufacture for house. They even have have an enduring fan base, with websites like the Lustron Connection and Lustron Luxury, and a documentary.

Fast forward now to 1970 and the Nakagin Capsule Tower. It was developed with removable capsules — individual housing units — attached to the central column, but it’s now getting criticism in part because the aging capsules have never been upgraded as the architect imagined. So goes the life of an architect, apparently.

Criticism or not, the concept won’t go away. Today we see new designs, like this micro compact home (via We Make Money Not Art) and Wener Aisslinger’s Loftcube project (picture above).

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2 thoughts on “Compact, Modular, And Lego-Like Housing

  1. I had been in modular construction business for many year working with a Japanse company in Thailand. Actually during past 14 years we already export thousands of modular to Japanse. All of them using steel structure.Yet I think Istill do not have enough knowledge about it.
    I would like to get some support .please kindly send me some more information.

  2. I am interested if locating new modular building technologies / systems to bring to the US commercial modular building and contruction market, and would welcome a connection to a company with simiar interests.
    Thank you.

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