Green Architecture News: The Amazing “Tetris House”

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The architects of a new pre-fab home design have looked to a classic video game for inspiration. A Dutch design studio, Universe Architecture, and its lead architect, Janjaap Ruijssenaars, recently revealed a modular house prototype that can change its configuration with additional housing units and elements—balconies, shutters, and more options—that can be stacked like blocks, reminiscent of the 1980s puzzle game Tetris.

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The Tetris House project allows maximum flexibility for developers in constructing housing units. Building elements can rotate, or rest in their optimal position within specific layouts and setups after placement experimentation. A steel modular structure and Meccano-like facade allows residents to add more room to their living spaces as well.

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The concept can be licensed to developers eager to give their future residents the power of choice. Translated from Dutch, the very versatile building’s website says, “The Tetris House hull will be completed, but you can decide the layout of your home.”

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Universe Architecture hopes the first live-in Tetris House will be erected in the Netherlands with Dutch firm i29 tapped as its interior designers. They have already submitted interior plans with a nod to both special efficiency and luxury. Of course the architecture firm is also hoping to expand production to more countries, so there is a chance a Tetris House or two could pop up stateside soon.

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Each standard house measures 1,883 square feet, offers unrelenting natural light inside and 360-degree views of whatever surrounding landscape it is set upon. Due to its simplicity, Universe Architecture also claims the cost of the units will be very affordable, while they can also be outfitted with self-sufficient energy systems.

For more information and renderings, visit the building’s official website