House Arc: Stylish and Flat-Packed for Shipping

By Larry Bilotti | Updated May 7, 2013 10:16 AM

House Arc by Bellomo Architects

House Arc by Bellomo Architects

The House Arc, designed by Joseph Bellomo of Bellomo Architects in Palo Alto, California, is a kit home that represents an off-the-grid model for compact, easy-to-build housing. Featured as part of the Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, CA, earlier this month, the 150-square-foot abode—with its lightweight, modular bent-steel tube construction, was conceived for both emergency shelters and backyard retreats. In addition to floor-to-ceiling doors, a trellis-shaded roof overhang, and various cladding options, the House Arc can be ordered with solar panels, plumbing, and furniture. Best of all, it comes flat-packed, shipped in a 4’ x 10’ x 3’ box, and ready for assembly. Prices range between $55,000 to $75,000. For more, including a film strip of an installation, check out the architect’s site.

For more compact, modular housing, consider:

The E.D.G.E.
Downsizing with Style
Chicago’s First Prefab Modular House