Water Block House Fragments

January 14, 2010

Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates

  • Taking inspiration from LEGO, the water blocks are rectangular units with grooves on their tops and niches on their undersides
  • The blocks only take on their full form when they are filled with water on the site of their installation
  • Left unfilled, the blocks are hollow plastic shells that can be vacuum packed flat for economic shipping
  • The water provides natural insulation to the interior
  • The system has the potential to be outfitted with an impregnated electrical system that remains protected from the water, allowing the blocks to be illuminated
  • Because of their modularity, the blocks have the potential to compose dwellings of infinite configurations


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