Building a modular micro house

Posted by Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling

A child of the 80′s, I’ve had a long and wonderful relationship with Tetris. There’s just something about getting exactly the block you need and then watching those lines disappear that’s deliciously satisfying.

Now, a new micro house design by Studio Liu Lubin can simulate that experience in real life (minus the awesome music of course).

Shaped almost exactly like a ‘T’ tetromino, the micro house is designed to act as a combination of furniture and architecture elements. It too can be rotated to change the shape and function of a room, or stacked together to create a larger house or community.

Tetris Micro House

Image via Studio Liu Lubin

Built using glass fiber reinforced plastic, a strong but lightweight material, the Micro House is designed for portability. The designers claim that it can be lifted and assembled by hand. The interior, while offering minimal space, is well appointed and provides plenty of room for all the things we normally do in a home: resting, working, washing and cooking, etc.

Tetris Micro House

Image via Studio Liu Lubin

For those who might feel too cramped in a single room home, the units could be stacked together, and each one used for a different function. Doing so would reveal the Micro House’s single design flaw, however. Unless you stack them front-to-front on a single level, is there is no way to pass through from one module to another without going outside. Bad news if you forget to take your towel with you into the shower module.

Tetris Micro House

Image via Studio Liu Lubin

Speaking of showers, it’s unclear how water and power would be delivered to the Micro House. Since it’s currently on display in the middle of a Beijing park, we’ve got to assume that the systems are self-contained and sustaining. Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to meet the heating and cooling needs of such a space through solar power and rain harvesting.

Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling