I'M A TURTLE!: Pocket-Sized Portable 'House'

January 31, 2012


This is a 'house' that fits in your pocket, created by Barcelona designer Martin Azura, whose work focuses on minimalistic and environmentally friendly constructions. It's basically an incredibly lightweight balloon that can be carried in your pocket and used for shelter. *patting backpack* Thanks, but I think I'm good on portable shelter. "Sssshhhhhhh -- he thinks he's one of us." YOU SHUT THE F*** UP, DONATELLO.

The Basic House is a temporary housing solution so portable it can be folded up to fit in your pocket. Created from a metalized polyester material, when unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter.

Once inside the shelter, the material reflects your body heat to keep the user warm. If reversed the material will reflect the sun to keep a cool interior.

Great idea, just stop calling it a house. A house isn't just an enclosed space, there's usually more to it. I dunno, a bookshelf or something. I LIVE ON THE STREETS.

Meet the house that fits in your pocket [dvice]

Thanks to Ashraf, who agrees if this is a house then the guy living on my corner with two refrigerator boxes taped together in an L shape must have a f***ing mansion.

  • How can I get one?

  • Holy crap.  Julian May, Saga of the Exiles, "Decamole" material, instant shelters that just need to be weighted down with sand or water...

  • Yeah, sp you either can't breathe and die or get crushed by something hard.

  • ryan gutierrez

    Dude i would hotbox the SHIT outta that thing! >.<

  • "If reversed the material will reflect the sun to keep a cool interior."...
    ...and blind everybody who happens to pass by

  • Dom Barlow

    Impressive as this is, I first saw it in an architectural journal about 6 or 7 years ago. Nice idea, but I still think it could use some kind of scaffold, as it seems waaaaay to flimsy to me.

  • Charles Whelan

    There is a terrible  video on the linked page that shows how he inflates it and crap... 

  • I could see it as a survivalist's shelter, or perhaps for some natural disaster area. But it looks a little flimsy, I mean if I banged a chick in it my jizz would like melt the thing if it missed her face. Plus I don't think I'd enjoy suffocating inside.

    But neat idea.

  • John Mogol

    i have gotten busy in less...  One please if its free because i am cheap too

  • Shelter- maybe, comfy- nope, a house- I think not. 

  • Joel Turner

    I can envision at least one other product that this material could be used for.

  • Snaggletooth

    Somebody send these to "occupy".

  • How is one supposed to breathe in sed big ballon box?

  • Have fun getting blown into traffic.

  • This dude just invented a sleeping place for homless people and nobody realises

  • lorobird

    shame the price can't be paid by homeless people and the state won't take care of them.

  • Roman Peters

    Wouldn't you suffocate if you stay too long inside it?

  • NES__still_the_best

    ...Until some giant throws your ass in some huge microwave, to try and pop you like popcorn.

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