The Rolling House by Andrés Jaque Arquitectos

Communal Living for the 21st Century

Designed for a group of students or roommates, the "Rolling House" is an experiment in shared living. Individual capsules can be screened off from one another, but they're all connected to one giant room that serves as the heart of the home. The interesting thing about the house is the way it divides space and re-imagines rooms as multi-purpose social areas...

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Even the bedrooms are envisioned as meeting spaces. A sleeping area in the center of the room doubles as a lounge during the day, where clusters of people can break away from the shared main room. Sliding screens can be pulled down to separate private areas from the rest of the house, but there's a definite sense that "what's mine is yours."

The idea is that each house connects to another, in a commune of Rolling Houses. "Sharing walls" between the houses contain things that are available to anyone: a library, sauna, stash of board games, etc.

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Each capsule includes a bed that doubles as a lounge, a wardrobe for clothes, a personal sanctuary space, and a greenhouse area for plants.

The communal spaces include baths and showers, sinks, a dining table and chairs, multiple cooking stations, and random furniture dispersed throughout.

Architects built a prototype of the house at the "Construmat" architecture/construction conference in Barcelona this past April. Read more about the Rolling House right here, and watch a video documenting the concept right here.

Photos: Andrés Jaque Arquitectos

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