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The external walls made of two sheets of corrugated fiber-reinforced plastics and the inner walls made of nylon fabric are both mounted on wooden stud frames and sit in parallel. In between are attached clear plastic bags, carefully stuffed with strings of foamed polyethylene for insulation purposes. Through these bags, a soft, diffused light fills in the interior of the house. The house consists of one unique ample space of two-story-high in which four private rooms on casters can be moved freely. To reduce weight and optimize mobility, these rooms are not very large and hold a minimum of belongings and fittings. They can be moved according to the needs of their use.
Naked House offers ultra-minimal London homes for as little as £150k
In the late s, an unusual fax came chugging through the machine at Shigeru Ban's Tokyo office. A man who wanted Ban to design a new house for his family—and whom Ban had met just once before—was writing to make some very precise and unusual requests about the project. The note explained that the man, who was in his thirties and lived with his wife, his two children, and his seventy-five-year-old mother, wanted a house for all of them that, as Ban remembers the man describing it, "provides the least privacy, so that the family members are not secluded from one another—ahouse that gives everyone the freedom to have individual activities in a shared atmosphere, in the middle.
The cost of land, for example—which is often the most significant tariff—has been removed in favor of a leasehold arrangement on public land. The homes will speak for themselves. The idea of co-authoring a house between architects and homeowners is by no means a radical idea — our proposal builds upon a long tradition of home making in Britain. In order to maintain long-term relevance, therefore, each house will both anticipate and encourage future adaptation.