Competition Details


by Huat Lim
Co-authors: Susanne Zeidler

zlgdesign has developed a prototype for a lightweight, movable building called the "tecnopod." The main criteria for its design were that it be modular, easily transportable, and able to be erected within a day. It took into consideration aspect of spatial quality, comfort level, durability and budget limitations. The idea of a prefabricated, modular structure is nothing new. What is new in the case of the tecnopod is the application of such a structure in Asia, home to half the world's population, of which half is displaced or without adequate shelter.

The shape of the tecnopod, essentially a cube rotated 45 degrees, was designed to enhance the internal quality of space. Its floor area is 84 sq.ft (7.8 sq.m), and its enclosed volume is about 847 cubic feet (24 cubic meter). The form is a simple evolution of basic spatial economics.

-Number of manpower to assemble tecnopod : 4 person
-Time needed to assemble/disassemble : 4 hours
-Surface area : 60 sqm
-Weight of structural frame only : 1.6 tonnes
-Total height : 5.4m
-Width : 3.0m
-Cost : RM74, 600

Tecnopod is possible because of its component-based design, which allows the elements to be efficiently fabricated, packed, and shipped out. Once it is at its destination, the assembly process begins with the alignment of a set of footings, which do not require deep foundations. After placing these four base elements, the assemblers then bolt together the main frame, which comes in three large sections. They then apply the side panels, floor, and glazing. When these elements are assembled, the "accessories" like the door, steps, and electrical connections are attached. It can also accomodates basic needs and supplies, such as insulation, sanitation and first aid. The whole assembly process should take no more than a day.