Want a house that is as easy to build as one-two-three? French architecture firm Multipod Studio has one for you.
Introducing the PopUp House, a new housing prototype that comes in the form of stackable blocks—yes, much like your favorite childhood toy, Lego. These blocks can be clustered the way you assemble IKEA furniture. You can put them together only with the use of a screwdriver.
It’s not the first time that a word about this revolutionary housing model is heard as Multipod Studio actually first announced the design of the PopUp House two years ago.
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The house of blocks can be found in the French city of Aix-in-Provence and covers an area of 1,614 ft². It has an open-layout structure with rooms that are basically just connected to each other. It has a living room, dining area, kitchen, and even a terrace.
Like any other house, PopUp has regular bathrooms, a master bedroom, and two smaller bedrooms. But what sets it apart from the rest is the fact that while most houses would need probably a year on average to complete, the PopUp House would be ready in just four days, and you don’t need anything but an electric screwdriver.
If you want this house for yourself, no worries as Multipod Studio has put the same materials used for this house up for sale. The price may change according to the quality of these materials and if you want to add some features, but the price is just between $1,200 and $1,900 per square meter. You are free to present your own design of the house, which shall be agreed upon with the Multipod Studio.
After you place an order, you will be sent a PopUp Kit, which contains the building blocks to be used for your abode.
The wooden blocks, which are all recyclable and are made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation, are stuffed between waterproof laminated veneer lumber boards. The blocks are used to form the basic structure of the house, including the floor, ceiling, and walls.
Regarding the building of the house, you can either ask for a manual, although that would cost you an additional $1,640, or request the company to send a construction team to take care of it on your behalf. With only an electric screwdriver in hand, it would take the team at least four days to complete the PopUp House.
Once the installation is complete, you have the option to customize its structure.
“A PopUp House can be whatever you wish it to be: a small and cozy country lodge, an urban two-story house, or a spacious open office,” co-founder Corentin Thiercelin said.
The PopUp House will be available in the United States and the United Kingdom soon. Not now as Multipod Studio is still looking for local architects and home builders in these countries that could help their clients put up the blocks together in a way that would meet the standards set by local building codes. For now, it’s available for purchase only for those in France.
The main goal of the architecture firm is to provide low-cost but sustainable and eco-friendly housing to people. According to them, “Heating represents close to 28 percent of global energy consumption and is one of the main household costs. Determined to develop solutions, Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outstanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost. The materials used are inexpensive so the cost remains unbeatable and the thermal envelope created means no additional heating is necessary.
“Low cost, recyclable, and passive, the PopUp House has all of the qualities of tomorrow’s homes.”