by FILIPPO ROMEO AND LISA CORVA
A new concept of living. Light, mobile, sustainable, designer. These are micro prefabricated houses signed by stars of architecture and design. Ready for use, they can be ordered and delivered, at home, to any destination on the planet.
The idea comes from Robbie Antonio, a forty-year-old from Manila with a family fortune in the real estate world. And a dream: “accessible architecture”, and very signed, for everyone. “With my Revolution Precrafted I want to bring a Pritzker Prize into everyone’s life,” he explains. “My prefabricated houses are a small revolution: the pret-a-porter of great architecture”.
Using sophisticated technologies and optimizing production costs, Revolution Precrafted manages to make the architecture of the great masters democratic. For now, Antonio has enlisted 40 personalities, including archistars and designers. The latest project, Simple by Jean Nouvel, was presented in Paris, at the Tuileries. But the legend Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad, Jurgen H. Mayer, Daniel Libeskind, Kengo Kuma, the Campana brothers, Marcel Wanders and Tom Dixon also participated.
Among the most interesting examples is the Modular Living Unit by Paulo Mendez Da Rocha + METRO, a flexible system that can be used in a variety of contexts and environments: urban and rural, tropical and temperate. Composed of living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and verandas, it allows you to create different spatial combinations through multiple units. And it can also be extended over several floors. The structural elements that compose it are sized to allow ease of transport and to minimize the equipment during installation.
Matilda Home by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas is a mobile prefabricated housedesigned for any location in the world. The unit’s design allows multiple modules to form a large cloud, with no size limitations: it can be a city, a landscape or simply a house.
Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects’ Modular Glass House, inspired by the American architect’s masterpiece, has been redesigned as a series of modular components that can be pre-manufactured and shipped. The design follows the principles of the original architecture with greater lightness and flexibility.
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