This low-cost home is so amazing it can be printed and built in under 24 hours. It can even withstand earthquakes! (And I guess also at the breath of the terrible big bad wolf).
The Sphere, a "do-it-yourself" house that looks like something out of science fiction, required seven years of work for the Japanese design studio Serendix Partners. The first design was first unveiled in 2015: since then the studio has worked with local and international partners to bring the idea from paper to reality.
An easy sphere to build
The key to the whole project is in the 20-ton concrete frame. It's a real skeleton that keeps Sphere resistant to the elements. The construction is very solid, to the point of satisfying even the strict earthquake isolation criteria required by Japanese and European standards.
Space? Comme ci, comme ça: 32 square meters (107 square feet). Here I don't know if we can be satisfied, you tell me. Let's say it's one tiny house, for those who love the genre: you can't have everything :)
The team was able to 3D print and build Sphere in just 23 hours and 12 minutes, testifying to the basic construction process and the ability to provide fast housing solutions in case of emergencies. The assembly phase took only three hours: and the process can also be much faster, if you consider that much of the work was dedicated to painting the exterior, which is not strictly necessary in any case.
What can be done with it?
Serendix plans to charge for low-cost property like a car, with a price tag of around three million yen (about 25.000 euros) per home. The company will initially offer the Sphere as camping solutions, vacation homes and emergency shelters.
Ready to build?