Trailer parks do not enjoy the best reputation, which may be why so many designers tackle the tough-but-worthy challenge of reinventing this prototypical modular home. Few, however, project their plans all the way to remote deserts (or in the case of these futuristic trailers: even the moon).
The “Self-Sufficient Modules” project by Cannata & Fernandes is perhaps best thought of as a work in progress, or even more basic: an ongoing series of creative experiments. While their 3D models, drawings and composite renderings put these prefabs in extreme environments, there is no actual plan in place (yet) to export these beyond our atmosphere.
The already-built example does, however, reach for the sky – it nests high up on a hill. Flexible open space across most of its interior width (and all of its length) lends itself to a plug-and-play system of interchangeable parts, including anything from workstations and wood-burning stoves to sealed-off sections for bathrooms and sleeping quarters.
Power, unsurprisingly, is solar – after all, what else can you count on to fuel your home in space without winds (let alone a power grid). Plumbing – from sinks to toilets – is conceived in each case as being tied to a central vacuum system, using pressure rather push water in and out of each unit.
All core systems are relegated to the roof above or a platform below upon which each pod sits, making it possible to put these in areas that may flood or environments with other unique, difficult or downright hostile site topographies.
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“The development of a modular typology that could respond to specific ends such as of temporary housing, environmental observatory, fire outpost, bar, Kiosk, ‘virtual square’ or to a minimum element that could gather the necessary conditions to communicate through IT systems was a priority.”
“The plan was to produce a module that could be repeated and associated almost endlessly, being at the same time functionally mutable and capable of providing urban conditions through associative forms of its base element. Being a prefabricated module capable to address the needed comfort it also provides resources to processes and energetic recovery systems of high end technology such as photovoltaic panels.”