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A house made of legos — something that’s easy to build and easy to move. These module houses are a new design, conceived by Ukrainian architects. They’re mobile and quickly built. The modules that make up the house are light and solid. They can be set down on a lot without needing a foundation. Houses like these can be moved easily and can fit into almost any spot — from the center of the city, to a riverside or in the country.

“Bringing and place this house doesn’t impact the surrounding landscape. It doesn’t impact the flora and fauna around. This seems like an interesting concept to me, when a house blends into wild nature and completely connects people to that nature,” says Yuriy Motienko, Architect, Co-Founder, Mobile Home Development Firm.

The house has completely modern utilities — running water, telecommunications, and heating. The furniture is compact and functional. It’s built into the walls to save space. The entire house is also smart and can be controlled via a smartphone.

“The house arrives completely ready, with the electricity, water, and sanitation already connected. It’s already equipped with furniture and kitchen appliances,” goes into details the architect.

The modules are put together in a workshop. It’s made out of specialized panels. The top panels are wooden, while the inner panels are heated. This is cheap, sold, and fire-resistant. These houses also retain heat well. The utility bill for a house like this? It’s only 30 dollars a month.

“This type of panel is 50% more effective at retaining heat than the current Ukrainian standard. The house will be relatively warm — it functions like a thermos, and saves the heat inside,” says Serhiy But, Director of a Mobile Home Development Firm.

These modules can be used to build not only houses, but also clinics, laboratories, stores, and offices. Oleksandr is a director of a major international firm. For their suburban office, he specifically chose a modular design:

“First off, it can be built quickly. Secondly, the quality of the materials is good. And thirdly, the factor that we paid the most attention to — it’s environmentally-friendly.”

The price for a fully-equipped modular house starts from $40,000. And they’re becoming popular all over the world. Ukrainian modular house will soon be seen in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

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