Origami Houses: These Folding Buildings Are The Homes Of Your Future

Submitted by: holygod 4 months ago in Tech

Ten Fold Demonstrator Unit from TEN FOLD Engineering on Vimeo.



Building a home or temporary shelter by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Ten Fold Engineering, a housing startup based in the UK, has created self-deploying buildings that can pop up in a matter of eight minutes. Owners push a button, and the rooms fold out like an accordion using a counterbalance system.

Here are a few more demos of the structures in action...





There are 15 comments:
Male 1,752
When they get it down to a F-150 to pull then they will have something. Just think of the possibilities for camping.
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Male 8,068
Okay this has potential!
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Male 6,202
What if someone presses the button when you're asleep inside?  human jam?
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Male 10,101
monkwarrior Hmmm. Interesting. There would have to be some sort of safety feature,, not just for people but for pets, or even any furniture that wasn't properly stowed. Not sure. Maybe it is like an elevator door and if it feels any resistance at all it stops closing and opens back up?
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Male 21,015
These will come in handy after the apocalypse when mankind becomes nomadic.
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Male 3,854
These look kind of expensive, perhaps too expensive to serve any functional need for people not extremely rich.  I could see it as a large playhouse for rich kids or something like that.

Seems like sectional housing that can be easily attached on site would be more practical.
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Male 6,202
daegog They start at 100,000.  Plus it looks like you would need a trailer+crane to move them, unless they plan on adding wheels and a hitch, at which point it might be a lot cheaper to buy a mobile home.
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Male 5,196
monkwarrior They start at $100,000? Wow.
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Male 5,196
monkwarrior So that's a starting price of USD 130,000. Thanks.
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Male 8,693
monkwarrior The first one looks like is the standard size for a 40' shipping container, with standard trailer locks, so finding a trailer is easy.

Crane or forklift depending on the local.
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Male 6,202
megrendel yeah but that adds a significant cost, and also limits where it can go (anywhere you can get an 18 wheeler in and out).
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Male 5,196
They look amazing. The only concern I'd have is insulation and drafts. Since they're trying to keep the walls, floors, and ceilings thin (so they fold up into a small package), I doubt they have much in the way of insulation. That, combined with all the unsealed joints, makes me think these buildings might be cold or hot in the wrong climate.
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Male 10,101
squrlz4ever I think they are more for temporary business / trade show, festivals, or emergency housing. Maybe recreation and camping. Doesn't seem to serve much purpose for long term living.
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Male 5,196
holygod That makes sense. And in a disaster situation, there's no doubt that these things would be an order of magnitude better than living in a tent. While they might be too expensive to replace every tent in a large-scale disaster or refugee situation, they might work great for key facilities: medical units, food/water distribution units, schools, administration, security, etc.

It will be interesting to see how these structures are used in the coming decades.
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