Portable Prefabs: Location-Independent Modular Homes

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Lab Zero has experimented a great deal with cargo container homes and other colorful custom prefabricated housing types, bending the rules of shipping container redesign through creative conversions and following location-independent design practices.

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These units, based on single storage container dimensions, are designed to expand and contract with weather and site conditions but to be transportable by cargo ship. While they are constructed to be functional above all else their design goes beyond merely what is practical.

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In some cases, their cargo container creations are almost life-like, anthropomorphic mimics of well-adapted species such as the spider-shaped one above – designed to be dropped off from the air and perch anywhere, unfolding legs and expanding spaces once deposited.

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With each iteration, Lab Zero has continued to evolve beyond basic cargo container architcture and into unique configurations, experimenting with increasingly diverse and custom forms.

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