Polkatoikea Is a Brilliant Mashup Of Le Corbusier, Mobile Homes, Kurokawa And IKEA

© Philipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

The vertical trailer park has been a recurring theme in TreeHugger, as we look at separating land tenure from housing form. Tiny houses make regular appearances, as does mobile living and plug-in cities. Oh, and we do admire IKEA's Boclok prefabs.

So imagine my delight at seeing it all rolled into one project, a first prize winner in the Origami Competition called Polikatoikea, designed by Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares.

© Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

This shows their inspiration and precedents: Le Corbusier's Dom-ino house from 1914, Kisho Kurokawa's icon of modern prefab, the Capsule Tower, and of course, IKEA.

© Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

According to Designboom,

Polikatoikea was the first prize winner at an open ideas competition organized by the origami architecture competition in Oporto, Portugal, which was held during november 2011 to january 2012. Designers Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soars, took the name from a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea) as a political move that seeks the densification of the city through low-cost construction targeting a young and unattached client. On a conceptual level the project attempts to provide an idea that fights the desertification of an unstable economic conjecture, where low cost appears as an affordable solution.

© Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

The designers envision platforms that act as yards, where you park your tiny prefabricated home that you bought at IKEA for an affordable thousand bucks. It is a cute design that looks like it is really 1/3 bathroom and 2/3 sleeping; the proposal is for Portugal, where you can do a lot of your living outside.

© Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

The designers imagine the platforms spreading to other rooftops. What a wonderful approach to increasing density, providing cheaper, more flexible housing. More at the designer's website

Tags: Design Competitions | Portugal