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October 22, 2017

These Retro Plastic Homes are the Way of the Future

Big things are happening for tiny homes in Marseille, France.  An art exhibit showcasing three small plastic houses from the 1960’s and 70’s look like something featured in the Twilight Zone, but actually could be put to practical use.

One of the plastic cabins displayed in the Friche de L’Escallette sculpture park is the Hexacube, which was created by George Candilis and Anja Blomstedt in 1972.  The cubes can be used individually or can connect to create an entire colony.

Another plastic dwelling featured is the Bulle Six-Coques by Jean-Benjamin Maneval.  This home was built in 1968 and were designed to create an easy to assemble home perfect for any terrain, since it lacks a foundation and is built on stilts.

Finally, the Futuro House, constructed by Matti Suuronen in 1968, is a UFO saucer straight from a sci-fi film.  It, too, sits on landing stilts and has porthole windows all around the perimeter.

While these homes look very cool and modern, plastic homes could be a practical and smart way to live.  Plastic is lightweight and easy to move, and most of these homes come with stilts that can be placed almost anywhere.  Plastic can also be recycled and used to make these tiny homes.  Plastic homes are also much more affordable than buying a stationary home, and easier to make renovations, or add another room.

While these homes were built almost 50 years ago, they still hold up to the test of time thanks to excellent engineering and plastics.  Which tiny plastic home is your favorite?

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