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Flatpack M.A.Di house pops up in a matter of hours

The prefabricated foldable M.A.Di house by Italian architect Renato Vidal takes less than a day to install
The prefabricated foldable M.A.Di house by Italian architect Renato Vidal takes less than a day to install
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Thanks to the home's steel profile and steel hinges, the M.A.Di home can open and close with ease
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Thanks to the home's steel profile and steel hinges, the M.A.Di home can open and close with ease
 The building's A frame structure and unique folding ability, allows the home to be prefabricated off site, flat-packed and transported via truck or container to its designated site
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 The building's A frame structure and unique folding ability, allows the home to be prefabricated off site, flat-packed and transported via truck or container to its designated site
The M.A.Di homeis an economic flat-packed housing solution that is not only sustainable but designed to last and withstand earthquakes
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The M.A.Di homeis an economic flat-packed housing solution that is not only sustainable but designed to last and withstand earthquakes
Onceon site the installation of the home is relatively simple, as eachmodule unfolds up and out
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Onceon site the installation of the home is relatively simple, as eachmodule unfolds up and out
TheM.A.Di home can be installed as a temporary or permanent structure
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TheM.A.Di home can be installed as a temporary or permanent structure
EachM.A.Di module features galvanized steel frames, suitably proportionedto support the home's opening and closing movement
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EachM.A.Di module features galvanized steel frames, suitably proportionedto support the home's opening and closing movement
Model of the foldable M.A.Di home
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Model of the foldable M.A.Di home
Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home
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Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home
The prefabricated foldable M.A.Di house by Italian architect Renato Vidal takes less than a day to install
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The prefabricated foldable M.A.Di house by Italian architect Renato Vidal takes less than a day to install
Living area of the M.A.Di home
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Living area of the M.A.Di home
 As the M.A.Di home is built using modules, ownershave the option to extend in the future by adjoining additionalmodules to their existing home
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 As the M.A.Di home is built using modules, ownershave the option to extend in the future by adjoining additionalmodules to their existing home
Example of a M.A.Di home living  interior
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Example of a M.A.Di home living  interior
Finishes such as roof pitches, interiorflooring, internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards forsimple assembly
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Finishes such as roof pitches, interiorflooring, internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards forsimple assembly
When the module is closed and folded for transportation thepacked height measures 1.5 meters
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When the module is closed and folded for transportation thepacked height measures 1.5 meters
Two M.A.Di modules get ready to be packed for transportation via truck
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Two M.A.Di modules get ready to be packed for transportation via truck
M.A.Di interior staircase
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M.A.Di interior staircase
Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home
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Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, the M.A.Di home is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functional anti-seismic family home
Inside the upstairs bedroom
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Inside the upstairs bedroom
The homeis anchored down using an innovative screw pile system, which has noimpact on the soil and can leave the land without a footprint
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The homeis anchored down using an innovative screw pile system, which has noimpact on the soil and can leave the land without a footprint
Eachhome stretches over two levels and comes equipped with a kitchen,dining area and bathroom located on the ground floor, and bedroom/slocated on the upper floor
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Eachhome stretches over two levels and comes equipped with a kitchen,dining area and bathroom located on the ground floor, and bedroom/slocated on the upper floor
EachM.A.Di module features galvanized steel frames, suitably proportionedto support the home's opening and closing movement
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EachM.A.Di module features galvanized steel frames, suitably proportionedto support the home's opening and closing movement
The entire installation process should take three workers six toseven hours to complete
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The entire installation process should take three workers six toseven hours to complete
AM.A.Di home will take approximately 30-40 days to complete from dateof order
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AM.A.Di home will take approximately 30-40 days to complete from dateof order
Finishes such as roof pitches, interiorflooring, internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards forsimple assembly
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Finishes such as roof pitches, interiorflooring, internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards forsimple assembly
TheM.A.Di home does not necessarily need any foundations at ground level,allowing the structure to have zero impact on the landscape
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TheM.A.Di home does not necessarily need any foundations at ground level,allowing the structure to have zero impact on the landscape
Upstairs interior view of the M.A.Di home
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Upstairs interior view of the M.A.Di home
Italian architect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable house that takes less than a day to install once on site
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Italian architect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable house that takes less than a day to install once on site
M.A.Di tiny house floor plan
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M.A.Di tiny house floor plan
M.A.Di double house floor plan
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M.A.Di double house floor plan
M.A.Di double  house floor plan
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M.A.Di double  house floor plan
M.A.Di triple house floor plan
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M.A.Di triple house floor plan
M.A.Di triple house floor plan
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M.A.Di triple house floor plan
Interior deign on the ground level of a M.A.Di home
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Interior deign on the ground level of a M.A.Di home

Italianarchitect Renato Vidal has created a prefabricated foldable housethat takes less than a day to install once on site. The M.A.Di homeis an economic flat-packed housing solution that is not onlysustainable, but designed to last and withstandearthquakes. Manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy, theM.A.Di home is built using CLT (crosslaminated timber) to create a modular and multi-functionalanti-seismic family home.

TheM.A.Di home comes in several sizes, including a 27-sq m (290-sq ft) tinyhouse; 46-sq m (495-sq ft) or 56-sq m (603-sq ft) double home and a 70-sq m(753-sq ft) or 84-sq m (904-sq ft) triple family house. Each homestretches over two levels and comes equipped with a kitchen, diningarea and bathroom located on the ground floor, while the bedroom/s are locatedon the upper floor. The building's A frame structure and uniquefolding ability allows the home to be prefabricated off site,flat-packed and transported via truck or container to its designated build site.

"Thanksto the home's steel profile and steel hinges we can open and closethis module with ease," Domenico Antonuccifrom Area Legno tells New Atlas."When the module is closed and folded for transportation thepacked height measures 1.5 m (4.9 ft), and then when it is opened onsite, it has a height of 6.5 m (21.3 ft)."

Thanks to the home's steel profile and steel hinges, the M.A.Di home can open and close with ease
Thanks to the home's steel profile and steel hinges, the M.A.Di home can open and close with ease

EachM.A.Di module features galvanized steel frames suitably proportionedto support the home's opening and closing movement. Polyurethane foamis used to waterproof the home while also contributing to its thermalinsulation. The walls are also insulated with high-density rockwool andthe window frames can be installed in PVC or aluminum.

Once on sitethe installation of the home is relatively simple, as each moduleunfolds up and out. Finishes such as roof pitches, interior flooring,internal and exterior walls come on mounting boards for simpleassembly. The entire process should take three workers six to sevenhours to complete.

Onceon site the installation of the home is relatively simple, as eachmodule unfolds up and out
Onceon site the installation of the home is relatively simple, as eachmodule unfolds up and out

TheM.A.Di home can be installed as a temporary or permanent structureand does not necessarily need any foundations at ground level,allowing the structure to have zero impact on the landscape. The homeis anchored down using an innovative screw pile system, which has noimpact on the soil and can leave the land without a footprint.Alternatively, the home can be built on top of a reinforced concretefoundation.

If desired, the home can be packed away and stored in awarehouse for future uses. As the home is built using modules, ownershave the option to extend in the future by adjoining additionalmodules to their existing M.A.Di home.

"M.A.DI.gives you the opportunity to have a temporary house wherever you wantor a permanent house in a building area," says M.A.Di. "Moreover, according to your need and your financialavailability you can customize it in dimensions and materials. AM.A.Di construction is ready to live in and is delivered withelectrical system, plumbing and sanitary water system,heating/cooling system (air conditioning) and PVC frames."

Thestandard M.A.Di structure is considered class B (European standard)for energy consumption, but can be customized to meet class A and A++.This includes the possibility of making it a passive house. The homecan easily be installed with rooftop solar panels, LED lighting,water tanks and a gray water system.

 As the M.A.Di home is built using modules, ownershave the option to extend in the future by adjoining additionalmodules to their existing home
 As the M.A.Di home is built using modules, ownershave the option to extend in the future by adjoining additionalmodules to their existing home

AM.A.Di home will take approximately 30-40 days to complete from dateof order, with an all inclusive unit price around €800(US$933) per square meter. Therefore, the basic M.A.Di homes are priced approximately between €21,600 (US$25,195) for the tiny module and €67,200(US$73,385) for the biggest module. The home is then flat-packed andtransported by truck or container, and can be delivered outside ofItaly.

"Wehave a patent registered all over the world and we will start tosell the M.A.Di house in about two months," says Antonucci. "Wewould like to export out of Italy and we are looking forpartnerships, investor and buyers. I hope to sell it out of Italy,North Europe, USA and Australia."

Source: M.A.Di

12 comments
VincentWolf
So why can't FEMA buy a couple thousand of these units to have ready for the next flood, tsunami, hurricane, F5 tornado, earthquake, forest fire, etc.?
Leonard Foster Jr
Now this make sense.
Derek Howe
Vincent wolf - Because they are too expensive. If we are going to buy & store 1000 small temp homes. Then they should be done out of shipping containers made into a cheap home, that could be done for far less.
DavidRogerBrown
Surely a downsized,bare bones,cheap version could be made for disaster,refugee,etc. In the future most all building construction will be prefab made in a factory with quick installation.
ljaques
Y'know, this type of thing would be perfect for insurance companies to offer in addition to lowered premiums. If you live in a hurricane, tornado, flood, or other hazard area, the insurance company could clear your lot and have one of these up and running in a week (rather than at least a year!) saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here's the insurance discount, here are the pros and cons, and here is the final replacement house, build with your preferred mods. I'll bet at least 33% of people would do it. // Waaaaay too expensive for FEMA, but perfect for progressive cities to house their homeless. Once the city folks see how stylin' it is to live in one of these nicely insulated A-frames, they'll all be going suburban!
KaiserPingo
Fantastic idea', but insulation is not good enough in a Scandinavian climate.
CharlieSeattle
...So why can't FEMA buy a couple thousand of these units to have ready for the next flood, tsunami, hurricane, F5 tornado, earthquake, forest fire, etc.? As designed, it requires a foundation, plumbing and electrical connections
Tom Lee Mullins
I like how quickly these are to setup and they look really nice.
SammyC
Very cool but extremely expensive for what you're getting. It'd also be a cool DIY project to build a cabin or hunting lodge. The design looks simple enough...
domenico
Thanks at all! I'm Domenico Antonucci, R&D manager of M.A.DI. home project. this kind of modular houses have an energetic class "A". we study the insulation for each city where it will be install. the wall are of 25 cm thickness with rock wool, wood fiber and poliuretanic panel. the thermal shifts is around 9 hours. the prices on website are all inclusive. keep in touch with us, subscribe to newsletter from our website, new updates about shipping soon! thx again at all! Domenico Antonucci www.madihome.com
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