MODULAR POD

BY HARIRI & HARIRI ARCHITECTURE

MODULAR POD

DESIGNER

BY HARIRI & HARIRI ARCHITECTURE

FUNCTIONS

Precrafted Home

HEIGHT
5.486m
FRONTAGE
11.097m
LENGTH
6.220m

This modest, modular, prefabricated pod has been designed with hinged, folded panels to facilitate their shipping and assembly. In its folded-flat configuration, the lightweight pod fits on a flatbed truck so it can be transported to any desired location and then un-folded on site. Furthermore, it can be configured and expanded with additional pods into a variety of habitable combinations.

Conceptually the pod is inspired by ORIGAMI, the art of paper folding. It is utilitarian yet sculptural, original, and engaging in its external form and interior space. Exterior materials are glass and Equitone [linea] panels, a unique 3D shaped, through-colored and thin facade material that plays with light and shadow. Equitone [linea] comes in large panel sizes and can be cut into any size or shaped in the factory or on site. Interior materials are gypsum board and birch wood. The basic unit measures 32’ feet long x 16’ feet wide x 18’ feet tall and can be provided with raw and simple or upgraded finishes at the production site.

The idea is to design modules of utility and beauty. Easy to build, easy to transport, and easily affordable. The basic pod can be a refugee or disaster shelter, a woods or beach cabin, assembled into clusters for large music or sports events, and even into a single luxury home. It will be suitable, enjoyable and unique in each of its different conditions.

Our concept would be that these Folding Pods will be prefabricated at a basic cost and a percentage of the sale of the pods with upgraded finishes would be donated for the fabrication of the pods for refugees and the homeless.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri are the cofounders and Principal Directors of Hariri & Hariri Architecture, a New York–based multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters. Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture and design and are described as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the United States. Their projects run the gamut from luxury residential developments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundary-less enterprise ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry.