Blocks House | Industrial Design

Blocks Houses can be assembled in different sizes to improve underprivileged living

Blocks Houses assembled in different sizes

Blocks House is designed keeping in mind the conditions faced by Underprivileged People

A block and bolts along with a stack of blocks which can be assembled to make a house

A block and bolts along with a stack of blocks


Shelter is one of the three basic necessities. More than 1 billion people live in slums (source: UN Habitat) and likely to grow to 2 billion by the year 2030. People from the slums and villages don’t have appropriate shelters.

Blocks House is designed keeping in mind the conditions faced by Underprivileged People from Slums and Villages. Blocks can be assembled with bolts to make a House of any size can accommodate a family. It will protect the people from weather related conditions such as cold, rains. It would provide a healthy clean environment while avoiding insects. All this helps in protection from diseases which spread due to unclean environment and diseases which are spread due to insects. Blocks are light weight and tough, made of recycled Polyethylene, Polypropylene and are inexpensive. Less manufacturing costs are incurred as it involves a process of molding sets of two to three unique blocks which makes it accessible to slum and village dwellers Over the time, damaged blocks can be replaced with new ones which makes this design easy to sustain and maintain. Old blocks can be recycled again which reduces the impact on the environment. Variable number of blocks can be used to assemble a house of any size. Blocks House relies on natural resources like daylight, air and rain water harvesting capability. Blocks House is not attached to the land and; it can be dismantled and ported. Underprivileged people can move to a new location in search of work or if they are dragged out of the land. By this sense of well being, underprivileged people can be made psychologically strong and so as to fight poverty.

Blocks House can be dismantled and ported to a new location

Blocks House dismantled and ported


-More suitable for areas having normal or cold weather:

Blocks are made of polymer material, so implementing in areas with very high temperatures (more than 55° Celsius or 131° Fahrenheit) isn’t a good option. However, some design and implementation changes can make it appropriate for high temperatures. The Blocks outer surface could be reflective white so as to deflect all heat. Dry Grass,   Card boards and jute bags which are easily available, can be kept on the roof as insulators.

-A single floor Design:

Existing slums and villages have single floor housings; and there doesn’t seem to be much of a need of multi-storey architectures .Considering the material used and its strengths, blocks can be assembled into a single floored house. More than one floor won’t be practically feasible as the load would fall on the blocks of the ground level house. However a steel frame spreading above and around the ground floor Blocks House can be used to mount another Blocks House on the second level and so on.



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7 Responses to Blocks House | Industrial Design

  1. Pingback: Slum Housing Concept Relies on Prefab & Modular Panels | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

  2. Johan Ekelund says:

    Love this project Altamash
    Keep up the good work

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  4. Nishant Rai says:

    Dear Altamash,
    What about the things like toilet and kitchen. Have you tried giving an attached toilet? I am skeptic to know about the kitchen solution too. Actully, I think the problem of dual story building can be solved, if you use materials like bamboo or other fibres.
    I am interested to know more from you.

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