The M-House

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The M-house is prefabricated, therefore it can be taken apart and moved in pieces. It then can be re-assembled onto the customers site. The M-house can be made larger or smaller but it is presently designed to function as a guest house, studio, office, vacation retreat, meditation space, etc. The structure is presently 65 feet long, 35 feet wide, and 23 feet tall, with about 1000 square feet of interior and exterior living space. At this point the M-house is not finished on the interior. This would have to be done after the structures final funtion is determined, and moved to the customers site. Relocatable M-vironments are made of a wide variety of manipulatable components that can be connected in many different ways to a matrix of modular support frames. The frames can be assembled and disassembled in different ways to accommodate a wide range of changing needs. The M-house, which is made from the M-vironment system, consists of a series of rectangular panels that are attached with hinges to an open space frame grid of seven interlocking cubes. The panels are hinged to the cubes in either a horizontal or a vertical orientation. The hinges allow the panels to fold into, or out of the cube frames to perform various functions. Some of the panels are insulated and contain windows and doors. These panels can completely enclose spaces that are heated and cooled. Other uninsulated panels fold in or out over and around open platforms to shade the sun, deflect the rain, or block the wind. Some of these unfold from the face of the cubes to become places to sit, places to sleep, places to work, or places to eat. Most of the slotted panels are oriented over and around these open platforms. The platforms and the cube frames are supported by adjustable legs, which are attached to load bearing footpads. In many cases the support frames do not require a foundation, and they can be adjusted to accommodate terrain variations. All of the M-house components are interchangeable, and can be increased or decreased in numbers and size. The panels can be made in a curved configuration and from many different types of materials. The existing M-house panels are assembled with a steel structural frame that supports thin sheets of a concrete composite. All of the exposed surfaces of the structure are painted. This M-house was designed to function as a single private vacation retreat, or in multiple numbers and configurations, as a complete stand-alone high tech resort complex. The house can be designed to be self sufficient, powered by alternative energy sources such as the sun and the wind. The M-vironments were developed to accommodate a wide range of markets. With different sizes, shapes, materials, and panel types, the system can be used for exhibit structures, pavilions, play environments for kids, retail spaces, office modules, and many other commercial applications. The M-house has been featured in many books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. Some of the books include, Architecture Now volume 2, Experimental Houses, Brave New Houses, A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in America, and Architecture in the 20th Century. Some of the other publications include, the LA Times, the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Popular Science, Wallpaper, Wired magazine, and the Robb Report Collection. The M-house has been shown on five TV programs so far, including a BBC documentary about the state of contemporary architecture in the world, the Discovery Channel, and on the Travel Channels Amazing Vacation Homes. Images and a model of the M-house have also been featured in various exhibitions. One of these exhibitions called Liquid Stone, New Contemporary Concrete Architecture, was located at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. The M-house is also scheduled to be exhibited in the summer of 2008 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This exhibition is about the history and future of prefabricated housing.