Although it looks tantalizing close to a storm trooper, the Trike House is inspired not by Star Wars but by China’s evolving culture issues. Built for the Get It Louder art/architecture/design exhibition, currently running in Beijing, it’s both a practical solution for mobile housing and commentary on the inability for many Chinese to own land.
Inside are a sink and stove, a bathtub, a water tank, and furniture that can transform from a bed to a dining table and bench to a bench and counter top. The sink, stove, and bathtub can collapse into the front wall of the house.
The Tricycle House is also an experiment with folded plastic as a construction method. Using a CNC router each piece of the house is cut and scored flat and then folded and welded into shape. The plastic we use, polypropylene, is unique in that it can be folded without losing its strength. The house itself can therefore entirely open up to the outside, expand out like an accordion to increase space, and connect to other houses. The plastic is also translucent ensuring the interior is always well lit whether by the sun during the day or street lamps at night.