What has 6 legs, solar panels, windmills, windows and a roof? Give up? It is The Walking House you see pictured above created by N55 and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.
The Walking House is exactly what it sounds like, a house with steel legs that moves when the homeowners needs or wants it too. The best part of the house is that it allows homeowners to live and travel with their house without leaving behind a deep carbon footprint in the process. As N55 puts it, "WALKING HOUSE is a modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal impact on the environment."
How is the Walking House eco-friendly? It is embedded with solar panels and contains small windmills. In addition to solar panels and windmills the Walking House has a composting toilet system, a small wood burning stove and a solar-powered water heater. It also has a system for collecting rainwater and can be designed to contain a small greenhouse.
Each Walking House is equipped to sustain up to 4 people and furniture is integrated into the structure of the house. The framework of the house can be made of "steel, aluminum or wood". It can be covered with "steel, aluminum, wood or even semi- permeable textiles" and if a homeowner ever feels lonely he can walk his house to a new location and even join a Walking House Village.
The height of the house is 3.5 meters (about 11ft). It is also 3.5 meters (about 11ft) wide and 3.72 meters (about 12ft) long. It weighs 1200 kg (about 2,646 lbs) and can walk up to 60 meters/hour (about 197 ft/hr). The walk is meant to be slow and smooth. The Walking House isn't restricted to streets and roads either. The house and the legs of the house are built so that the house can traverse any terrain.
Take a look at The Walking House walking on this YouTube video here
Sure the house isn't exactly pretty, it kind of looks like a giant steel insect, but the concept of it fascinates me. I would love to own one of these, but I do have one odd concern. If the homeowner walks his Walking House across the street and hits a car or his hit by a car will the homeowner need car insurance, homeowner insurance or both? That's something to think about, I guess.
For more information on the Walking House visit N55.dk.
Via Coolest Gadgets and N55.dk