A Portable Home for Land or Water

port xCzech architecture firm Atelier SAD has introduced Port X, a modular prefabricated home that can be built on land or can float on the water. It is available in a variety of sizes and can operate on or off the grid.

Port X consists of several prefabricated C-shaped modules that can be combined to create a home for one or more people. The three-module version has 538 square feet of space, including a terrace, and is designed to accommodate one person. The five-module Port X measures 839 square feet, plus a terrace, and is designed to house a family. More modules can be attached if necessary. Atelier SAD can also provide a 10-module structure to be used as a business showroom or exhibition space.

The interior of the portable structure includes larch wood floors, walls, ceilings, and terrace. Plasterboard walls divide the space into separate rooms. The hallway and bedrooms include built-in cabinets. The kitchen has a sink, refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. The building has opening and fixed windows that face away from the shore. The windows and skylights offer natural lighting, while LEDs provide electric lighting.

The Port X can be built in either a land or houseboat version. The houseboat includes a separate pontoon base that allows it to float. When it is docked, a footbridge provides access to the structure.

The portable building can also include additional features, such as solar panels and wind turbines, that allow it to generate its own electricity. The homes are also easy to disassemble and reassemble in another location.

Invisible Garden House Can Bring Greenhouses to Urban Areas

invisible garden house photoDanish architect Simon Hjermind Jensen has created an Invisible Garden House, three small, semi-portable garden pods that are arranged in a cluster. They are designed to create a micro-climate for plant growth and recreational use in the northern temperate zone.

The domes were built in a private garden at a single-family home north of Copenhagen, Denmark. They cover small garden beds and patio spaces heated by the sun. The largest dome in the center is a garden house with a wooden floor. The other two, smaller domes are greenhouses used for growing vegetables and ornamental flowers.

The 4-mm thick shells and frames of the domes are made of UV-protected polycarbonate, which is durable and high impact-resistant. The parts were drawn on a computer and milled on a CNC router. They are held together by metal bolts. The shells are dug below the frost line to support the domes.

The inside temperature is controlled by a natural ventilation system. Latches in the top can be opened to allow heat to escape in the summer or locked to keep heat inside during the winter.

Jensen’s previous work arranged modular structures into complex shapes to promote social interaction. He considers portable structures more responsive than traditional ones, especially in cities.

The architect, who runs SHJWORKS in Copenhagen, is working on finding applications for his garden houses in public spaces and marketing the system so that people can build their own greenhouses. He envisions them being used as public urban spaces or for urban gardening on a building with a flat roof.