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Unfold your new earthquake-proof tiny house with the M.A.DI. Home

Many building materials can be made prefab, so that buildings can be constructed much faster and at a lower cost. But what if a house could unfold right before your eyes? The Italian company M.A.DI. Home created a wooden construction that can be unfolded within seconds, providing a solid and earthquake-resistant A-frame construction as a basis for a tiny house.

The house consists of a wooden modular unit that can be brought to the desired place on a truck, similar to the shipping of a container. Using a crane, the roof is pulled upwards, unfolding the rest of the module until the A-frame is standing upright. Because of the fast construction, the houses can be used for temporary constructions or in disaster areas.

The main advantage of using an A-frame construction is that this solid structure can bear a heavy load, while being lightweight and using a minimal amount of materials. The construction is strong enough to be able to resist earthquakes.

The building does not need any foundations as a temporary construction. If necessary, however, the house can be anchored with a screw pile foundation, which has no impact on the soil. After use, the house can just as easily be folded in as it was folded out, and the anchoring system can be recovered as well.

A normal single module is 27 square metres (290 square feet), consisting of a ground floor and a first floor. However, the modules can be attached to each other, creating the opportunity for larger buildings as well. There are also larger modules available.

In terms of energy consumption, the buildings in their standard version are energy class B, but they can be converted in a class A and A++.

Photos: M.A.DI. Home