All dramatic exaggerations aside, there’s a high demand for residences in the suburbs and, as of recent years, prefab homes. For instance, in ever-crowded China, a company called Nestron is making a a very tiny prefab home called Cube One. Cube One is made for just one person, can withstand natural disasters (allegedly) and is packed with technology, including its own AI. In short, it’s the perfect home to have shipped wherever you might want to live.
“We started receiving inquiries about whether the house could be reproduced en masse, or whether we had a design that could be purchased off the shelf,” Whitaker Studio explains.
In response to their demands, the architecture firm has created the Anywhere House, which remains just a concept as of the time of writing. Anywhere House draws its name from the fact that each of its units can be easily transported on the road, so you can plop it anywhere. Just imagine building a 2-level, 5-bedroom residence, a lakeside villa and a luxury hotel with the same prefab pieces.
There’s a unit for bedroom, a unit for the office, one for the bathroom and a separate one for the kitchen. You get the idea. Depending on your budget and how much time you’re willing to wait, Whitaker Studio can make you your very own one-of-a-kind house from off-the-shelf prefab units. It’s the IKEA of portable real estate.
Each unit has at least two openings allowing to connect to other units. If no other unit is attached, these openings can be sealed with a door or a window. Again, depending on time and money, a variety of playful iterations is possible, where no house is identical to another.
The designers don’t go into all the specifics of how one might ground these units or connect them to the grid or sewage system, focusing instead on the modularity and movability of such a house, along with the advantages of building them off-site. Building the units off-site and then moving them on the road to the chosen destination would allow placing them in areas where building permits wouldn’t be granted, like a park or on the shore of a lake.
Until this first house is put together, there’s no way of telling how such a unique and quite beautiful concept would pan out in real life. At worst, Anywhere House can serve to prove that not everything that’s prefabricated lacks elegance or personality.