In the sleepy Sydney suburb of Belmore, a neighbourhood of single-storey 60s red brick and pitched terracotta roofs, one house stands out. Not because it’s grand, but because it’s deceptively simple.
It’s small, single-story modular house with an eight-star energy efficiency rating. It also folds up to fit on the back of a truck and could be the solution to low-cost housing systems across the country.
We all know and love flat pack furniture, but what about an entire home? Architect Matthew Dynon’s prototype hopes to solve a housing gap in the market when it comes to affordability for young home owners and regional areas where labour and transport bills start to stack up.
The innovative thinking behind Dynon’s pre-fabricated folding house was born years prior when the young architect was completing his thesis, focusing on the ways of living in low-cost, squatter communities in Thailand with the Coalition for Shelter.
Teresa Tan drops by to get a feel for this innovative design solution.