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A Korean designer and architect, Christopher Daniel has conceived a futuristic home called “California Roll House”. The impressive, high end design is a prefab home designed to be assembled and disassembled in a very short period of time.
The California Roll manages to take this methodology to create its adaptation to its environment : the desert. The house has a curved surface that extends across the surrounding grounds, so creating a walking surface that can be used for divers outdoor activities.It is constructed out of prefabricated elements that can be easily assembled on site so the building itself can be mobile. All of the used materials provide energy savings:glass panels that are controlled electronically and can react to weather changes by adjusting the level of their transparency.
The entire building is elevated above the ground plane by a carbon fiber truss frame.The architect adopted ideas from the automotive design industry.Therefore,a hydraulic powered door is installed on the curved wall as main entrance to maximize the space and avoid any human contact, the door being controlled by a number lock.
The door is composed of two pieces, the upper piece lifts up over head, and the lower piece unfolds onto the floor for visitors to step on. When the door is completely closed, the material on the outside of door continues with the material of the exterior surface to achieve unity and hide the entrance.
The modularity of the house offers a customized positioning of openings. The residents can choose the placement of their windows. The bedroom area is completed with a curtain divider and a bookshelf with a translucent middle part to provide privacy and intimacy.
This SF looking design exudes of uniqueness and appeal throughout its bizarre conceptual shape. The similarity to a roll expresses a continuity that transforms this curved shape into a compact, minimal volume destined to our new, futuristic nowadays approach on architecture and design.
Photo courtesy to Christopher Daniel