Tech This $33,500 home can resist earthquakes and pop up in under 7 hours

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Because the MADI home, designed by the Italian architect Renato Vidal, can quickly unfold, it could come in handy in a disaster.

A MADI home. play

A MADI home.

(MADI/Renato Vidal)
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  • Designed by the Italian architect Renato Vidal, the MADI home can be built in six to seven hours with the help of a crane and a three-person construction crew.
  • The prefabricated, earthquake-resistant house could come in handy in disasters.
  • Its prices ranges from $33,560 to $74,300.


Building a traditional home can take anywhere from a few weeks to months, depending on the model and specifications. But in recent years, architects have increasingly turned to prefabricated construction, in which parts are built off-site and assembled on-site, making the process a lot quicker — and often cheaper.

The Italian architect Renato Vidal's MADI home is an A-frame house that can go up in under seven hours with the help of a crane and a three-person construction crew.

Curbed reports that the homes could act as temporary housing for people affected by disasters, or for residential or hospitality purposes, as it can be built quickly and doesn't require foundational soil. The house's galvanized steel frame helps it resist earthquakes.

Vidal offers MADI homes in three sizes: 290, 603, or 904 square feet. Depending on the model — some of which include staircases — the house's price ranges from $33,560 to $74,300. Each features two floors of living space, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

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Inside a MADI house.

(MADI/Renato Vidal)

In a factory in Italy's Apulia region, Area Legno, a company specializing in wood, manufactures the timber house's parts, which arrive flat-packed, similar to Ikea furniture. A third-party construction crew then assembles the foundation and pulls up the frame using a crane.

Lastly, interior walls, windows, and flooring are added, and electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are installed.

From start to finish, the process takes six to seven hours — and the house can be disassembled just as quickly.

This month, the team started selling the home outside Italy. It's now available in northern Europe, the US, and Australia.

Watch it unfold:

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