Design studio Mutuo has developed a plan for creating micro housing using reinforced precast box culverts commonly used for infrastructure projects.
The solution for building modern, compact, affordable housing in Los Angeles has been tested in a one-storey pilot plan.
Mutuo now plans to replicate the pilot project by stacking five units into a tower configuration on the city’s Boyle Avenue.
The basic pilot plan unit comprises four interlocked boxes, one for each space: living, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
Each box is 10 foot wide by 8 foot deep and has a 10 foot ceiling and interlocks with the next creating a long and narrow unit.
The boxes combined form a 320sqft interior unit.
A team of eight architects from Mutuo worked on the project, along with associate architect Urb-in.
Superjacent has carried out landscape architecture at the site, while structural engineering was completed by Nous Engineering.
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