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Roll it Experimental Housing / University of Karlsruhe

Roll It, a cool experimental house, resulted from the collaboration among different institutes within the University of Karlsruhe.  This cyclindrical design is a modular protype that provides flexible space within a minimum housing unit.  Three different sections are dedicated to different functional needs: there’s a bed and table in section, an exercise cylinder, and a kitchen with a sink.

More images and more about the prototype after the break.

Structurally, the prototype includes an outer shell with the four support rings over a rigid inner shell.  A translucent membrane envelops the entire form and serves as advertising space for sponsors. Thin wooden slats are attached to the membrane to form the running surface of the roll.

The inner cover is a series of laminated OSB panels, each 15 mm thick, that cover the support rings. Circular openings in the side walls allow light into the structure, and a large opening serves as the entrance.

As seen on Detail.

Further information:

University of Karlsruhe

Participating institutes:

Institute of supporting structure (ift) Prof. Matthias Pfeifer

Mitabeiter Camille Hoffmann Matthias Michel

Institute of supporting structure (ift) Institute of Industrial Design and construction output (ifib) Prof. Petra von Both

Institute of Industrial Design and construction output (ifib)

Roll it info@rollit-09.de

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Roll it Experimental Housing / University of Karlsruhe " 26 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/60921/roll-it-experimental-housing-university-of-karlsruhe/>