No Home Address (NoHA) has taken fold-able urban living to a whole new level with a prototype of a”not-so-tiny” house than can be folded, expanded and transported. The house is a shipping container-sized unit placed on a truck and can expand “to a double-story, 800 square foot house – with a garden in the roof!”
“The NoHA BiOS is a living platform designed to challenge the norms, to redefine the idea of a house as a home… a vision to create a spacious, light and airy structure that provides the benefits of mobile living without the limitations of mobile homes, and offers the advantages of traditional static homes without the associated costs and disadvantages,” the company says on its website.
The house contains two 20ft-by-10ft rooms on each floor, around 6 meters-by-3 meters. The ceiling’s height on the first floor is 7ft (2.2 meters ) while the second floor’s ceiling, which has a triangular shape, ranges between 8ft (2.4 meters at the center to 5ft (1.5m) at the eves.
“There’s also an open plan kitchen and a simple bathroom with ample space – and these two areas provide a reasonable amount of storage for furniture and belongings when the structure is folded down for transport,” says South African Richard Perkin, NoHA designer.
The goal of the house is to allow for an ultimate sustainable life on the move. The house incorporates water, food production and waste recycling, the company highlights. Perkins stated that the prototype is already working mechanically.
“Solar power systems are increasingly affordable, and one of the goals for the project is to design a solar-powered water generator that condenses water vapor from the air just about anywhere, to provide the option of being completely independent,” Perkin says. “The vision for the NoHA BiOS is to design a growing system for the roof of the house that can provide fruit, vegetables and herbs for a family of four, all year round.”
The prototype’s budget was GBP £15,000 (around US $18,000) but Perkin expects it to reach £18,000 (some US $22,000) when the house is complete. To finalize the design, he launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
“[The house] still needs window panes and solid end panels installed to make it weatherproof (along with rubber seals between sliding/folding components), as well as the greenhouse roof frames to be finished and filler panels to be added around the top floor end windows,” NoHa says, adding that the interior still requires overall insulation, as well as wooden floorboards on the upper floor.
The designer sold his house in Glasgow and decided to invest in his venture with no home address, which inspired the project’s name.
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