As the populations of the world’s major cities continue to grow, accommodation will become an increasingly sought-after commodity.
Now designers in China, which itself has more than one billion inhabitants, have have come up with a potential solution.
It’s a mobile home called the Tricycle House that has been created for people who cannot afford their own home. It is equipped with an integrated water tank, bath tub and a stove.
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Addressing housing crisis: The Tricycle House has been created for people who cannot afford their own home
All the mod cons: The Tricycle Home even comes with its own bath and shower as well as kitchen facilities
The bed transforms into a dining table or a bench to make the interior versatile and suitable for any occasions.
Modular design allows for expansion and interconnection between units.
The until itself is made of translucent plastic which lets in natural light during the day and the glow from street lamps at night.
The house is fitted onto the frame of a tricycle and so can be taken just about anywhere.
Versatile: The bed transforms into a dining table or a bench to make the interior suitable for any occasions
All the mod cons: The home is equipped with a dining table, integrated water tank and bath tub
It has been created by the People’s Industrial Design and People’s Architecture Office based in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
The Tricycle House was made for the 2012 Get It Louder Exhibition in Beijing.
A spokesman explained: ‘Private ownership of land in China does not exist.
‘The Tricycle House suggests a future embrace of the temporary relationship between people and the land they occupy.
‘In a crowded Chinese city single family homes can be affordable and sustainable, parking lots are used at night, and traffic jams are acceptable.
On the move: The until itself is made of translucent plastic which lets in natural light during the day and the glow from street lamps at night
Nomadic: The house is fitted onto the frame of a tricycle and so can be taken just about anywhere
‘As a construction method we experimented with folded plastic. Each piece of the house is cut with a CNC router, scored, folded and welded into shape.
‘The plastic, polypropylene, can be folded without losing its strength.
‘Therefore the house can open up to the outside, expand like an accordion for more space, and connect to other houses.
‘The plastic is translucent allowing the interior to be lit by the sun during the day or street lamps at night.
‘The Tricycle House is man-powered and operates off-the-grid.
‘Facilities in the house include 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.’