Are you a wanderluster? Do you sometimes look around at your stuff and your life, and feel the itch to strike out on the open road. While initially exciting, the experience of living out of a suitcase, or even an RV, gets old after a while. Eventually, we all ache for “home”. Well now, thanks to a couple of University of Colorado students, it may be possible to bring that feeling of belonging with you on the road.
Lacy Graham and Patrick Beseda are the creators of FOUNDhouse, a tiny dwelling made from plywood, and recycled and salvaged materials. The micro house is perfect for two, and can be assembled in a day without a hammer. Not happy with the view? Just take it apart and load it up for a trip to your next destination.
“We are architecture students, living and working in Denver,” write Graham and Beseda. “We want to live small. We are questioning the notion of what a house has been in the past and what it needs to be now. We are pursuing opportunities for mobile domesticity. We believe that designing at an appropriate scale offers a responsible solution, socially, environmentally, and financially.”
The answer to those questions, is FOUNDhouse. It’s based on the WikiHouse, an “open source construction set” developed in the U.K which also inspired this mobile bakery. As with anything that’s designed for life on the road, the designers knew it had to be easy for two people to assemble, even in adverse conditions.
Made almost entirely from CNC-milled plywood, the 150 square foot FOUNDhouse is incredibly light, and can be put together like a jigsaw puzzle (i.e. no nails) by two people in one day. Inside, there’s room for a bed, some storage, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a living area for eating and relaxing.
“We want to be kind to the environment so we’ve designed this house to do just that,” explain the designers. “There’s no permanent foundation so the area will be reclaimed by nature after we’re gone. It also works on or off the grid. A composting toilet and solar electrical system gives us freedom from utility services and uses renewable energy.”
The FOUNDhouse is currently being assembled at Sustainability Park in Denver, but will soon travel Utah for live testing as the pair of designers participate in an experimental building program called “DesignBuildBLUFF“.