Architecture

VIMOB shelters are easy to build in difficult places

The VIMOB prototype covers an area of 37 sq m (398 sq ft)
The VIMOB prototype covers an area of 37 sq m (398 sq ft)
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The VIMOB prototype covers an area of 37 sq m (398 sq ft)
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The VIMOB prototype covers an area of 37 sq m (398 sq ft)
The VIMOB shelter is designed to be practical, flexible, attractive and modern
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The VIMOB shelter is designed to be practical, flexible, attractive and modern
The exterior of the VIMOB comprises a patchwork of earthy tones
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The exterior of the VIMOB comprises a patchwork of earthy tones
The VIMOB has an exterior terrace
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The VIMOB has an exterior terrace
The VIMOB has large sliding glass doors that open onto its terrace
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The VIMOB has large sliding glass doors that open onto its terrace
The VIMOB is designed for construction in areas that are difficult to access
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The VIMOB is designed for construction in areas that are difficult to access
The VIMOB is modular, prefabricated and reportedly easy to assemble
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The VIMOB is modular, prefabricated and reportedly easy to assemble
The VIMOB shelters are designed for home and leisure use, rather than for quick-assembly use after disasters
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The VIMOB shelters are designed for home and leisure use, rather than for quick-assembly use after disasters
The VIMOB is designed for quick assembly with a minimum of tools
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The VIMOB is designed for quick assembly with a minimum of tools
The VIMOB has a kitchen and living area
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The VIMOB has a kitchen and living area
The VIMOB has large expanses of glazing that allow light in
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The VIMOB has large expanses of glazing that allow light in
The VIMOB is available in four different sizes
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The VIMOB is available in four different sizes
The VIMOB's sliding doors open to provide a connection to the outdoors
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The VIMOB's sliding doors open to provide a connection to the outdoors
The VIMOB is partitioned into separate rooms
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The VIMOB is partitioned into separate rooms
The walls of the VIMOB are made of oriented strand board (OSB)
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The walls of the VIMOB are made of oriented strand board (OSB)
The VIMOB has pine ceilings
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The VIMOB has pine ceilings
The entry level "small" VIMOB covers an area of 28.5 sq m (306.8 sq ft), squeezing in one bedroom and one bathroom
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The entry level "small" VIMOB covers an area of 28.5 sq m (306.8 sq ft), squeezing in one bedroom and one bathroom
The 36 sq m (387.5 sq ft) "medium" VIMOB has one more room than the small version, which could be used to accommodate guests or as a study
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The 36 sq m (387.5 sq ft) "medium" VIMOB has one more room than the small version, which could be used to accommodate guests or as a study
The "large" VIMOB stretches across 80.5 sq m (866.5 sq ft),housing up to three bedrooms and a bathroom
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The "large" VIMOB stretches across 80.5 sq m (866.5 sq ft),housing up to three bedrooms and a bathroom
The "extra-large" VIMOB covers 113.8 sq m (1,224.9 sq ft) and is designed for family use
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The "extra-large" VIMOB covers 113.8 sq m (1,224.9 sq ft) and is designed for family use

If you've ever found the ideal spot for your own remote cabin but thought it too inaccessible to build in, the new VIMOB shelter may be for you. Created by Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos, it is designed for construction in areas that are difficult to access. It's modular, prefabricated and reportedly easy to assemble.

Colectivo Creativo defines more precisely where it envisages its VIMOB shelters being deployed as places "where building a traditional construction would be limited by transport of materials and labor." These are, however, cabins designed primarily for home and leisure use, not for quick-assembly use after disasters.

The cabin, which was developed in the firm's workshop, makes use of easily-adaptable components, parts that can be assembled quickly and with a minimum of tools and materials that can be easily transported across difficult terrain. It is also designed to minimize on-site finishing, raw materials waste, carbon output and its impact on a site.

The initial prototype covered an area of 37 sq m (398 sq ft). It is described as practical, flexible, attractive and modern, with walls made of oriented strand board (OSB) and pine ceilings. The exterior of the building consists of a patchwork of earthy tones. In addition, it has large sliding glass doors in the lounge area, which can be opened to provide a connection to the outdoors and to provide easy access to a front terrace.

The VIMOB has large expanses of glazing that allow light in
The VIMOB has large expanses of glazing that allow light in

Subsequently, four different versions of the VIMOB have been rolled out. The entry level "small" version covers an area of 28.5 sq m (306.8 sq ft), squeezing in one bedroom and one bathroom. Colectivo Creativo says it is suitable for a couple to share.

The 36 sq m (387.5 sq ft) "medium" version adds an additional room, which could be used to accommodate guests or as a study. The "large" version stretches across 80.5 sq m (866.5 sq ft), housing up to three bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as lounge kitchen and laundry areas.

At the top end, is a "extra-large" version of the VIMOB that covers 113.8 sq m (1,224.9 sq ft). Colectivo Creativo says this is a family-sized shelter, with three bedrooms and up to three bathrooms.

The 36 sq m (387.5 sq ft) "medium" VIMOB has one more room than the small version, which could be used to accommodate guests or as a study
The 36 sq m (387.5 sq ft) "medium" VIMOB has one more room than the small version, which could be used to accommodate guests or as a study

The VIMOB shelter prototype was completed earlier this year. The shelters are now being made to order, and are shipped ready for assembly.

The video below provides a look at the VIMOB shelter.

Source: VIMOB

VIMOB - VIVIENDA MOVIL by COLECTIVO CREATIVO

2 comments
SuperFool
gonna have a LOT of formaldehyde vapor inside. outside only needs a tin roof, pickup on cinder blocks, and a couch on the porch. (sorry, it looks like a refugee camp from Grapes of Wrath)
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that looks really nice. I would not mind living there. I think the inside walls need some paint or some kind of covering.
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