M.A.DI. (acronym for Modulo Abitativo Dispiegabile – Modular Unfoldable Living Unit) is an unfolding housing unit, created by Italian architect Renato Vidal and manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy.


Using an unfolding technique, the M.A.DI. construction system sets up earthquake-resistant buildings for residential, leisure and hospitality use. M.A.DI. can be also used to set up temporary villages for sports, fairs and first aid facilities in the case of natural disasters. It is one of the most revolutionary housing solutions on the market today. It grows, it changes and moves. It creates cosy and safe places that can be highly customised to fit everyone’s needs. It combines the key characteristics of a comfortable house: innovation and technology, healthy spaces surrounded by warm and eco-friendly wood. A construction with zero environmental impact that reflects the wishes of modern times, where everything changes and is constantly moving.

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M.A.DI. gives you the opportunity to own a temporary house wherever you want or a permanent house in a building area. Moreover, you can customise it choosing dimensions and materials according to your needs and financial ability. It comes in several sizes, ranging from a 27m2 (290ft2) tiny house to a 84m2 (904ft2) triple family house and with the ability to place your units side by side. M.A.DI. buildings do not need any foundations when placed on a level ground as they use a new innovative anchoring system that has no impact on soil and it is recoverable at 100%. When the building eventually ceases to be used, you can fold it and move it to another place, or store it in a warehouse ready for the next use. In terms of energy consumption, the buildings (in their standard version) are energy class B but, upon request, they can easily become a class A and A++. The addition of solar panels can make M.A.DI. structures energetically independent. It is a construction that can be set up in two days; it is removable, recoverable and reusable and makes a respectful connection with the environment without abusing it.

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  1. Love these, has to be a great way of getting people on the housing ladder. The issue in the Uk is land costs.

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