Prefabricated House For Defense Needs (Aug, 1941)

Prefabricated House For Defense Needs
THIS radical-looking prefabricated house is one of the many types which have’ been submitted to the Division of Defense Housing Coordination as a quick, cheap method of housing defense workers. The house weighs only a ton, and can be constructed in six days by one man. At the right is an interior view of the novel “defense” house.

  1. Reed says: January 28, 20092:44 am

    Looks suspiciously like a yurt:… … radical 1000+ year old Mongol technology 😉

  2. Randy says: January 28, 200910:02 am

    Also makes an excellent back-yard “in-law” house. 🙂

  3. Howie says: January 28, 200911:41 am

    While similar to a yurt in appearance that is actually one of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Deployment Units. Here is a page with more info:…

  4. Ernest says: January 28, 200912:04 pm

    That’s a grain silo! Nothing more. Every other farm has one or several.

  5. Mark says: January 28, 200912:18 pm

    Hah, maybe FEMA should take a look at these. They can be erected in only 6 days, whereas a FEMA trailer takes over 9 days.

  6. Toronto says: January 28, 20093:17 pm

    That’s about 350 “square” feet and with a door or window every 8 feet or so. Where do you sleep?

  7. Eliyahu says: January 28, 20094:18 pm

    This sort of design could also deal with housing for the homeless. An inexpensive dwelling with security and privacy beats living in a shelter any day, and these could be set up or moved quickly as the needs change.

  8. Michael Patrick says: January 28, 20095:12 pm

    I’m thinking that it warms up like an oven.

  9. Steven Hall says: February 1, 20099:14 pm

    In reply to Michael Patrick’s observation “I’m thinking that it warms up like an oven” Fuller’s designs for such structures used natural airconditioning where as the structure heats up, the rising thermals draw out air from the lower part of the structure which draws in the column of cool air in the centre of those thermals into the fixture at the top of the structure.

  10. Toronto says: February 1, 200910:54 pm

    While these do look fairly inexpensive, these days we have nice rectangular shipping containers that can be converted to shippable housing much more easily than 24′ culvert pipe can – and the interior space would be more efficiently used.

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