Sustainable home built in four days — using a screwdriver

 

French architectural firm Multipod Studio recently unveiled a new sustainable house prototype that’s lightweight, recyclable, and promises to be an inexpensive purchase and extremely efficient to run. The suitably-named Pop-Up House also boasts another notable selling-point: all that’s required to assemble it is four day’s patience and a standard electric screwdriver.

Pop-Up House measures a total of 150 sq m (1,614 sq ft), and the interior features a large combined open space that contains kitchen, dining and living room areas. Elsewhere in the home are two bathrooms, a master bedroom, two additional bedrooms, an office, and a terrace.

The structure is simple to build and comprises a spruce wood frame, laminate veneer wooden floor, and expanded polystyrene insulation blocks, and everything is held together using wood screws. Indeed, Multipod Studio states that no prior construction experience is necessary for assembly, likening the process to building with Lego…

At present, Pop-Up House is still in the prototype stage, so finer details on the home are lacking. A preliminary price is available though, and the home will set you back $41,000, which includes labor, but doesn’t include finishing touches like waterproofing, electricity, and plumbing.

Even with infrastructure essentials missing, that’s an impressive price. Especially since you can take your time and practically do-it-yourself. Well, maybe with some willing friends and a couple cases of beer.

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