Social entrepreneur and designer Tippy Tippens teamed up with designer Cécile Thalmann to create a unique living space that can incorporate all the features of a home without being environmentally or economically straining. Originally created as a joint thesis project at Pratt Institute, key features of TLS [NEST] are affordability, self-sustainability and the freedom to customize the space without incurring a financial burden. Having lived in New York, the designers were keen on creating a fully functional home within the restraints of a limited space.
The modular home was created in a way that allows it to become a part of the environment rather than being an imposition on it. It is also made to adapt with its inhabitants who can easily customize the floor space via a universal wall system that lets users determine the amount of space they need in each room and allows them to move interchangeable walls and windows according to changing seasons to best harvest daylight.
Interchangeable corners create square or rhombus house blocks with the option of additional walls to create new rooms on the same floor or by adding a new floor altogether. Removable wall panels let users access electricity and plumbing fixtures without taking down a section of the wall. Built using nontoxic and natural materials, the house is designed to harvest energy and water naturally. The 940 square foot canopy fitted to the roof harvests 564 gallons of water in one hour.
The house costs $100,000 to build and this figure is inclusive of the costs of energy solutions that differ from region to region. The house was created to fit a low investment and primarily aims at providing a secure, environmentally sound yet fully functional home to middle and lower economic homeowners.
Via: Tippy Tippens