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Published on October 21st, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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World's First Walking House Can Avoid Natural Disasters, Uses Solar and Wind Power

October 21st, 2008 by  

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What if your house could simply walk away from natural disasters? This house can. Designed by an art collective in Denmark, the 10 foot high house is solar and wind-powered and can walk across a variety of terrain. It is equipped with a living room, bed, toilet, kitchen, and wood stove, and is controlled by an internal mainframe computer.

The house, which is built on six hydraulic legs, is supposedly a way for people living in flood-prone areas to escape high waters unscathed.

Eventually, the house’s designers anticipate the £30,000 price tag going down enough for low-income families to afford it.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • The walking house. So that when you’re trying to “walk” your house away from the impending flood and all of the motor home owners are honking and giving you the finger, you can get out of the way….. No matter what the terrain…. Brilliant!

  • House designers are definitely going through the edge on this one. I bet no one has ever thought of using legs for a mobile house. We’ve seen the concept come true in the form of RVs and Trailers, but none of them are really “All-Terrain” and stuff. I’m looking forward seeing this concept come into fruition.

  • Chinese

    weird!

  • KD

    “Lyreco, it’s faster than your slow-a** spider house”

  • Revelation19

    The real question is… Why?

  • Revelation19

    The real question is… Why?

  • PNWfemale

    I would hope that the natural disaster was not one that happened really fast. It’s great to have a house that can walk away; but, if the video is any indication, I would hate to be at home when a disaster hit. What is its top speed anyway

  • PNWfemale

    I would hope that the natural disaster was not one that happened really fast. It’s great to have a house that can walk away; but, if the video is any indication, I would hate to be at home when a disaster hit. What is its top speed anyway

  • Deathcapt

    Are we serious here? why not use wheels, Unless this thing can handle terrain as well as the big dog, which I’m sure it can’t, there’s no point to a ridiculously slow moving house. unless it’s constantly migrating, it’s not going to move fast enough to react to any flood/ natural disaster. You’d probably better off just having a house that doubles as a boat. or as John B said, a trailer.

  • Deathcapt

    Are we serious here? why not use wheels, Unless this thing can handle terrain as well as the big dog, which I’m sure it can’t, there’s no point to a ridiculously slow moving house. unless it’s constantly migrating, it’s not going to move fast enough to react to any flood/ natural disaster. You’d probably better off just having a house that doubles as a boat. or as John B said, a trailer.

  • OMG Ariel, I don’t know where you find these stories, but thank you.

    Flooding will be an important issue in the future as the global warming prediction maps indicate. People should take the matter seriously especially when purchasing a new home. Knowing the elevation of the location should be a primary consideration for anyone planning to live in a home for more than 20 years.

    However, this is an odd idea that is probably better for promotional purposes than widespread application. Wouldn’t I need a driver’s license for this? The parallel parking test looks like it would be a real challenge!

    And of course there’s the whole issue of whether they could use the commuter lanes if there’s more than one resident, and the inevitable home traffic jams.

  • OMG Ariel, I don’t know where you find these stories, but thank you.

    Flooding will be an important issue in the future as the global warming prediction maps indicate. People should take the matter seriously especially when purchasing a new home. Knowing the elevation of the location should be a primary consideration for anyone planning to live in a home for more than 20 years.

    However, this is an odd idea that is probably better for promotional purposes than widespread application. Wouldn’t I need a driver’s license for this? The parallel parking test looks like it would be a real challenge!

    And of course there’s the whole issue of whether they could use the commuter lanes if there’s more than one resident, and the inevitable home traffic jams.

  • John B

    This was invented shortly after the car, it’s called a trailer home. This is useless.

  • John B

    This was invented shortly after the car, it’s called a trailer home. This is useless.

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