Javier Callejas

Indian architect Anupama Kundoo’s Full Fill Home can be built in six days and dismantled in one. Currently on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the prefabricated prototype is a model for 22 houses that have been commissioned for Auroville, India, where her eponymous firm is based.

The Full Fill Homes, as well as most of the architect’s other projects, use ferrocement, a lightweight, tintable material made with chicken wire mesh, cement mortar, and small-diameter steel reinforcement. The ferrocement is formed into blocks, each of which is a unit in a stackable modular system. Designed for speed of assembly, the kit of parts allows each house, including the foundation, to be built on site in six days.

Javier Callejas

Full Fill Homes are engineered to withstand seismic loads so the structure is preserved during inclement weather or a natural disaster. The prototypes were introduced in full-scale at the 57th Annual National Association of Students of Architecture at MIDAS Chennai.

The interior design of Kundoo's structures prioritize efficiency, such as in the Paul and Claudine Residence which informed the design of the Full Fill Homes. The firm claims that the design "gives inhabitants the feeling of having space for their future instead of the feeling that their space is already occupied with the things of their past.” The ferrocement walls not only provide a sturdy envelope, they also maximize interior space with built-in spaces for storage, fixtures such as sinks, and seating.

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