9/26/2011

MIT Inexpensive Housing Project Prototype designed by Ying Chee Chui

Ying Chee Chui, a graduate of the MIT Architecture, just revealed his inexpensive housing project prototype, a 800-square-feet built with hollow brick walls, reinforced with steel bars and wooden box beams. This house features a modular layout consisting of rectangular rooms, with a central courtyard-style space in the center.
MIT Inexpensive Housing Project Prototype © Ying Chee Chui

This very affordable house is able to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, according to the architect Ying Chee Chui who started this project in 2009 following the 2008 earthquake which hit Sichuan Province, in China.
MIT Inexpensive Housing Project Prototype © Ying Chee Chui

This house can be proposed in a smaller version which price is announced to be about $4,000. According to MIT Architecture, "it might be possible to reduce the expenses further if a great number of these homes were built en masse", this by duplicating and rotating the module, "and then it becomes a houses. The construction is easy enough, because if you know how to build a single module, can build the whole house." Ying Chee Chui says.
MIT Inexpensive Housing Project Prototype © Ying Chee Chui

This ambitiously house is announced to be comfortable enough to house a family. According to MIT professor of architectural design Yung Ho Chang, "(…) when you look at living conditions in parts of China, India and Africa, they don't meet the basic standards of what we think of as real housing." This housing project is, indeed, low cost. Yet it is capable of providing a high architectural value. 

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