Clouds Architecture Office was invited to design a small house that would be mass produced and sold worldwide at an affordable price. The business model offers a collection of limited edition prefabricated houses delivered anywhere in the world to your lot on a short lead time. Each home is packed in a standard container for shipping and comes fitted with all non-moving parts: structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and finishes.

When designing a house, we start by researching the specific conditions of a site: sun exposure, climate, topography and potential views. Spending time at a site allows us to uncover qualities that may otherwise not be apparent. In this case we had to adjust our design methodology to allow for a universal site anywhere on the globe.

How can we design to conform to any place? Is there a form that allows for the most flexibility? We tried various shapes and configurations and settled on an orb: a circle in plan, it can be rotated any amount to position openings towards the best orientation for a given site, while maintaining the same basic circular footprint on the lot.

The orb is structurally strong: forces are resolved equally along its surface without load concentrations. Geometrically the orb allows for a maximum interior volume within a minimum surface area. The interior will also feel larger because of the seamless curved surface. The curved exterior shell is adaptable to most any climate, shedding rain and snow efficiently. The shell can be fabricated using an insulated GFRC sandwich panel system and be broken down into twelve identical panels with the same basic shape for ease of manufacturing. 

The house is in concept stage, the design will be finalized for sale in the coming year.

Location: Worldwide
Date: ongoing
Project Team:
Design Architect: Clouds Architecture Office
Project Designers: Masayuki Sono, Ostap Rudakevych

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