The Plugin House is an easily assembled house made from prefabricated parts. It is a design proposition–suggesting new building technology that considers financial, social, and environmental concerns. 

The Plugin House demonstrates the possibilities of smaller, more sustainable living for contemporary urban landscapes.

Cities across the US and Canada are adopting new policies that encourage home owners to build small houses in their backyards as a way of providing much needed low cost housing. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can generate supplemental rental income for home owners, helping to counter NIMBYism and resistance to the densification of neighborhoods. ADUs provide an alternative to the suburban expansion of cities. Through infill, new residents take advantage of existing infrastructure, public services, and community networks. While these policies are gaining momentum, the cost of building ADUs remains beyond the reach of most people.

The Plugin House can potentially cut costs in half, making ADUs an affordable housing option. 


The Designers

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) is an international practice with offices based in Beijing and Boston. Founded in 2010 by James Shen, He Zhe, and Zang Feng, the firm is a multi-disciplinary studio focused on social impact through design particularly in the the areas of housing, education, and Urban Regeneration. 

People’s Architecture Office is the first architecture firm certified as a B-Corporation in Asia and serves as a model social enterprise. Domus Magazine named PAO as one of the world’s best architecture firms of 2019 and Fast Company listed PAO as one of the world’s ten most innovative architecture companies in 2018. The studio’s award-winning works have been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the London Design Museum.

For more on People’s Architecture Office please visit www.peoples-architecture.com

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