This minimal prefab home by Taller Aragonés promises to be lightweight and easy to ship, as well as quick to build – taking 45 days to assemble by hand.
With the heaviest piece weighing just over 70 kg, the Pi Home doesn’t require any heavy machinery or building expertise to be slotted into place – just a team of determined people. It’s designed as a compact and energy-efficient answer to the world’s housing demands and is partly inspired by studio founder Miguel Ángel Aragonés’ childhood in a busy suburb of Mexico City.
Having seen how quickly the neighbourhoods around him grew, Aragonés was driven to design a better kind of housing. Pi Home is based on a modular construction system – which he likens to building Lego – that uses sustainable materials, reduces waste, and stays warm or cool depending on the climate.
Pi’s aluminium framework helps speed up the build time, according to Aragonés, as well as reduce cost. And it’s also recyclable. Owners can customise the interiors, choosing furniture, fabric and veneer for the MDF wall panels.
The first prototype of the home has been installed in Mexico City’s Bosques de las Lomas neighbourhood, and the studio hopes to make the homes available in the US in the coming months. Units start at $30,000 for a 55 sqm house.