MercuryHouseOne by Architecture and Vision



Rome, Toulouse and Munich practice Architecture and Vision have designed a pod-like mobile living room with a Carrara marble shell.


Called MercuryHouseOne, the project will be presented in Venice in September.


It is intended to be easily moved to different locations, including urban and rural sites. The interior can be reconfigured for different uses.mercuryhouseone-by-architecture-and-vision-6.jpg

Here's some text from Architecture and Vision:



MercuryHouseOne: at 53rd Biennale of Venice

“MercuryHouseOne” is a habitable unit designed as a mobile lounge, integrating functional and aesthetical considerations. While respecting ecological issues, it is designed to fit both in a natural or urban environment. The exterior shell is made from the finest Carrara marble. The marble is backlit at night, enhancing the form and creating special attention for evening events. The interior can be set up in a variety of configurations to accommodate different uses.


MercuryHouseOne by Architecture and Vision will be presented on September 2, 2009, during the 53rd Art Exhibition, Biennale of Venice, on San Servolo island. MercuryHouseOne is a mobile lounge designed for a modern experience of our natural and urban environments. Drawing inspiration from nature, its shape recalls the beauty and perfection of a water drop. The advanced cabin is realized by the Italian company GVM of Gualtiero Vanelli in Carrara.


The exterior shell is a double curve shape made out of ultralight white Carrara marble. The interior layout can be set up in a range of configurations to accommodate different uses and needs. The latest lighting, video, and sound technologies is used in the habitat in order to create a unique experience inside. The unit is powered by solar cells and is energetically autonomous.


On September 2, during the 53rd Art Exhibition, Biennale of Venice, MercuryHouseOne will be presented on the island of San Servolo in the wonderful scenery of the Venetian lagoon. Representatives of Italian and International cultural, political and economic institutions will attend the event.

Design Team: Architecture and Vision - Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler

Project Manager: Nicola Minardi
Engineer: Orlando Pandolfi
Model: GVM, Italy

Posted on Wednesday August 5th 2009 at 10:36 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • HJ

    how do I scroll?

  • m!

    I like those S.L. characters around to the objetc tongue.

  • O.

    I’d rather go with Ross’ one !

  • mikaël

    behold the futur of motorhomes

  • Yeah, that’s the first thing I thought of too, HJ.

    I would NOT be happy to have that present in the landscape.

  • joushua

    lost your marbles!!

  • “We come in peace.”

  • paul

    I agree, someone please roll it into the water.

    And why would you have a lounge in a town plaza, even if you could get away with it?

  • Wow, I’m amazed. It feels like a small Cylon spaceship or living quarters directly off the set of Battlestar Galactica. Is this where we are headed? I’d rather see it made of ecological friendly materials. Know what I mean? –Cheryl, Editor-in-Chief,

  • Zabel

    HA! Same first thought here – where’s the scroll wheel?

    Otherwise… I am not a fan. This seems like mental masturbation. And a failure even in that realm: No set purpose. No specific response to anything. Vague references to form (a water drop, really?). Allusions to some “unique experience” with all the latest tech.

    It’s like showing off what you can do with NURBS modeling, but you’re still in the first chapter of the tutorial.

    Call a folly a folly, but don’t dress it up in illusions of experience or potential uses.

  • filippo

    Please….forget about this and have a look to the architect who invented this more than 20 years ago. Forget about this “unlucky” copy and go to the origin…..look for JAN KAPLICKY!

  • bibo architect

    reminds me by old kablicky

  • Futuristic ideas and ecological, BRAVO!

    Francois Beydoun

  • Fling

    This is Berlusconi’s new mobile shag pad.

  • SnowBallCity

    Look! It’s a frog, it’s spaceship, oh no, it’s just my mouse. Is this to be used when you want to move your husband and his buddies out to the backyard to watch the football game? Ok, I’m in.