Transportable prefab home for world travellers designed by Latvian studio NRJA
Young Latvian practice NRJA - which stands for No Rules, Just Architecture - has designed the ultimate home for globetrotters. For those who travel the world, resting for several months in the forested mountains of Montana or lakeside in Scandinavia, this prefabricated eco-home could be a dream come true.
Designed by the firm to be ‘easily foldable, eco-friendly and providing optimal living conditions’, the DOM(E) home can be erected almost anywhere on the planet with its self-supporting internal structure. This basic form is made from laminated timber with metal mounts, 200mm insulation and a 9mm fibre concrete slab covered with liquid rubber as exterior finish.
With its geodesic dome form providing natural ventilation, solar panels on the roof and rainwater collection tanks, the modest 120 sq m house is entirely self-sufficient and able to provide a high level of comfort to residents regardless of their site location.
Fresh air is channelled through four points in the structure which are connected to an underground duct system, providing heating or cooling as required and roof-mounted solar panels are linked to a hot water tank for use in the toilets and kitchen.
Internally a warm and welcoming feel is achieved through the use of birch plywood and extensive windows which immerse the interior spaces in natural light, reducing dependency on artificial lighting. A small area of decking can also be incorporated so that residents can enjoy the views of their chosen site and renderings show modern comforts throughout including a roaring fireplace.