In crowded cities where economic hurdles have forced us to downsize, new and creative trends have been born.
So far we've seen underground living, treehouse living and even tiny living, so naturally the next big movement is pop-up living.
While pop-up restaurants and retail fronts have been appearing in major cities around the world, the pop-up home concept is still relatively unexplored.
Pop-ups generally channel efficient, low-cost, diverse and highly creative solutions.
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See 5 of the most incredible pop-up homes from architects and designers around the world:
Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio
Pop-Up House. The entire structure of the house can be built using lightweight and recyclable materials for a quick installation. The prototype built in the South of France features insulation blocks with wooden panels which aim to deliver affordable thermal insulation, meaning no extra heating is necessary. Buying your own Pop-Up Home will set you back an estimated 2000€/m², so roughly $3,000/m².
Inflatable Pop-Up by Airclad
Airclad calls their pop-up structures "the next generation of semi-permanent and permanent architectural buildings developed by Inflate." Specialising in all things inflatable for the last 20 years, it's hard to name a brand they haven't worked with including GoPro, Alfa Romeo, Smirnoff, Prada, Xbox, Puma and the list goes on. Delving into the world of pop-up accommodation, their rooms and apartments use an airflow system that keeps the temporary structures erected. When not in use, they pack down into small 40-inch packages that can be easily transported.
M-HOUSE by Michael Jantzen
M-HOUSE was created by designer Michael Jantzen, based on his M-Vironment system which consists of a space frame grid in hinged horizontal and vertical panels. Some panels have insulation and windows in order to enclose indoor spaces, while others are open for patios and other open living spaces. All components are designed to be interchangeable and can be increased or decreased in numbers and size. The home can be entirely sufficient, relying on other forms of power such as wind and solar. Jantzen has
said that Brad Pitt was reportedly interested in buying one, but ultimately passed due to problems with placing it onto a specific property.
Push Button House by Adam Kalkin
At the single push of a button an enormous shipping container transforms into a comfortable living space. Designed by Adam Kalkin, the crate unfolds to form a fully furnished room featuring a bed, a sofa, a dining room set up, a bathroom area, a small library and multiple light fixtures. The space uses hydraulic power to unveil the room in just 90 seconds. Kalkin's concepts have proven to be adaptable to many circumstances including developing projects for everything from disaster relief, luxury dwellings and promotions such as cafes and restaurants.
'The Tube' Pop-Up Home by Tube4all
Dutch company Tube4all have come up with compact, cylindrical living quarters that provide just enough room to eat and sleep. At ten feet long and seven feet wide, The Tube can be popped out anywhere you need. It's lightweight and easily movable, with the unit importantly coming with it's own heater. You also get two power outlets, making it ideal for camping or as a transitory apartment.
Could you ever see yourself living in one of these pop-up creations?