The Tricycle House is a portable home that moves from place to place using human pedal power. The home has several other features that set it apart from traditional RVs and portable homes.
The Tricycle House was designed in a collaboration between the People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) and the People’s Architecture Office (PAO) in China for the 2012 “Get It Louder” Exhibition in Beijing. The designers created the portable homes because people are not allowed to own land privately in China. The architects wanted to allow people to connect with the land and live simply and sustainably.
The portable Tricycle House is built with polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer. It is cut with a CNC router, folded, and welded into shape. The material is strong and flexible, allowing the Tricycle House to open like an accordion.
The house measures 30 to 35 square feet. It can be used as a dining room, kitchen, bathroom, workspace, and bedroom.
The Tricycle House includes amenities, such as a bath, bed, water tank, drawers, shelves, fold-away cupboards, a dining table that converts into a bed, and a sink, stove, and bath that collapse into the front wall. It can attach to other Tricycle Houses to increase the amount of usable space.
The Tricycle House does not have electricity. Light from the sun or exterior lights enters the portable building through the translucent polypropylene material.
PIDO has created a Tricycle Garden vehicle to give residents of Tricycle Houses their own small plots of portable land. The architects also imagine people coming together to organize their Tricycle Houses and Gardens into portable communities.