Pineal Architecture


In collaboration with Bea Goller

portable /collapsible /extendible International Design Competition Living Box

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Concept for a temporary sustainable dwelling in micro-space conditions

The idea is to create a minimal live-in box, all easy to transport and to be installed in place on a simple set-up procedure performed by a min. of 4 people. It gravitates around the idea of space conceived in a collapsible and foldable manner, where basic equipment is arranged puzzle-like as part of a basic piece, and where all fits into a folded module, which we have called PanelONG (ONG(spanish) = NGO).

When PanelONG is fully open, it unfolds into 3 main pieces composing 5 different spaces and emulating the idea of ‘home’ down to a micro-dwelling, all containing an entry hall, a dining and/or working area, a sleeping room, a kitchen and a toilet.
The collapsible/extendable module PanelONG is thought to be a piece of compact and portable sustainable-conscious Architecture, able to be placed in any environment in a harmonious and non-intrusive manner, while offering an interesting and pleasant aesthetic outlook for a very practical use. It will be sustainable energetically through thin film photovoltaics attached to the exterior honeycomb panels.


The collapsible module PanelONG is made by a one-piece unit 2.30 x 2.90 m (2.55 m. in thickness), fabricated of composite Honeycomb Panels weather-treated for exterior and insulated for interior use. Once the unit has been extended to a full-length (up to 6 m. long), and once it is fully unfolded, it conforms an indoor space of approximately 15,3 square m. in usable area.
The collapsible module PanelONG is weight less than half a ton. (500 Kg) and easily fits into a Standard Shipping Container (not one but up to two of them) PanelONG is a live-in module where differentiated indoor spaces are also disposed and separated by composite Honeycomb Panel partitions. All built-in appliances, including kitchen and furniture, as well as washbasin and  toilet, are made of reinforced Fibreglass. Opening the PanelONG Unit will equal to opening a Live-in Box, containing all basic furniture and equipment built-in inside it. However it still cherishes the idea of home by having two panels with openings to the outside - doubling as windows - while one of the exterior panels doubles as an entrance door.


Transport can easily happen by delivering a Standard Shipping Container with up to two PanelONG units by truck, train or ship.
PanelONG can be utilized for multiple uses and diverse conditions:
As the name says by , non-governmental organisations, as temporary emergency dwelling for displaced or evacuated people in cases of war and/or natural disaster, for both refugees and NGO Assistance & Help Personnel ( i.e. Medicins sans frontières,  Architecture for Humanity, UN Blue Helmets Troops, etc.)
Or, with specific target areas or industries, as the Film Industry, Sports Industry, Trade Show Industry, Military Industry, Tourist and Leisure Industry, Construction Industry.
Or by Institutions and Governments: As an Information-, Assistance-, or Surveillance-Module, or as Public Exhibit Temp Space.