After the success of our MicroHouse (archived below), we are increasing the concept to maximize safety, security, comfort, and awesome. The target is an ultra-low cost $.1 USD per square meter, several of orders of magnitude below global construction norms. The target size is a massive 1,000 square meters with net-positive environmental impact and off-grid capability. The amenity level target is similar to a holiday party at a high end destination resort. The lead customer is WIKISPEED’s own Joe Justice with a building site in Kern county, California, USA, and you are very welcome to participate or be another lead customer yourself. If you would like to participate in concept art, architecture, structural engineering, code compliance negotiation, permitting negotiation, construction, procurement, or any other way you are warmly invited to email us at email@example.com.
We are making a bit of a difference on strategic social good initiatives every week. And now, with a goal towards helping to end involuntary homelessness, we have a prototype micro-house to provide a clean bedroom, clean bathroom, and lockable front door for under $100 USD.
Currently it functions as a hyper-insulated tent, allowing one adult human’s body heat to warm the interior 20 degrees F over the ambient outdoor temperature. The goal is to add open source, ultra-low cost, mass-production possible amenities until it is possible for a person to spend a night or a lifetime in the MicroHouse, and emerge groomed and fresh as if they had just exited a boutique hotel, with a charged cell phone and ready to meet their world.
This isn’t a rammed earth package, as we’re loosely coupling them to the earth in order to move and swap them around. It’s also not made of natural materials that may or may not be available in mass quantity without damaging the landscape. It’s instead made out of waste material from our automotive manufacturing process, which means insulation foam that we use to make our molds, epoxy that we use to make our carbon fiber parts, strips of leftover carbon fiber, aluminum, and polycarbonate. It currently fits in one parking space, in the bed of a truck, or on a 4’x8′ trailer which any compact car is able to move around. If you would like to sleep in a prototype or help develop one, join the team via the menu link on our website!