Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Bao House. A Tiny Lightweight Mobile Living Space. Made In China...

The Bao House is a pedal-powered lightweight living space, made from sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF).
Dot Architects were asked to design a mobile living space that was human powered for the  
Get It Louder 2012 Exhibition of Art
at Sanlitun Village in China's Beijing.
Two metres square, and looking like a giant quilted cube, the Bao House is more of a transformation of a commonly used material rather than an experiment in mobile living.
And that's just as well.
While the material is water resistant and offers wonderful thermal insulation, SPF is made of petrochemical materials, is expensive, is non renewable, non recyclable and is highly toxic.
The front slides open to create a doorway and the roof is made from transparent polycarbonate to allow light in.
The padded cell has a mattress on the floor and can sleep three.
It certainly doesn't tempt me...

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  1. Well if a snail can carry its home on its back why can't we carry one on the back of a bike?...make a good padded timeout cell for naughty mokopuna too!

  2. something light-weight like that could be made out of bamboo and wool

    1. Yes, you're right Alicja, and round too to lessen wind resistance.
      Like a little Yurt on wheels...

  3. This does look a bit like a giant box kite. Might be a tough pedal on a windy day.

  4. I was thinking 'right idea, wrong materials' myself.

  5. I think the Flying Tortoise is the best.

  6. I can't understand why they would decide to use a toxic material to build this. Was there a specific reason for the choice of materials to be used to build this mobile home?
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