The Illy Push Button Container ‘House’, Italy
The idea of pushing a button on the side of a box and watching it fold out might sound like a deleted scene from an episode of “The Jetsons,” but the Italian coffee company Illy wanted something that fitted this description.
So they went to Adam Kalkin, already famous for his shipping container house plans with the Quik House, and asked him to design a container house that would fold out into a fully functional cafe at the push of a button.
And the product that Kalkin designed, which folds out in 90 seconds, is called the Illy Push Button House.
Once you push the button on this shipping container it begins to fold out, turning into a fully functional sidewalk cafe, complete with kitchen and cooking apparatus and a bathroom that’s ready to be used.
And what’s even better about it is that this shipping container modular home can be transported easily once it’s folded up, put on a truck and hauled to another city. Try doing that with your standard sidewalk cafe, which has so many separate pieces that it isn’t even funny.
The CEO of Illy was quoted as saying that the company was interested in Kalkin’s ideas of, “home as one continuous mouldable surface, a relief against which human activity would pop out.”
Through ingenuity and clever design Kalkin has taken a product that simply wasn’t necessary and which was cluttering up seashores from the United States to Asia, and he’s turned it into a technological marvel and a mechanized side show that’s sure to draw interested parties into any place where one of these push button shipping containers opens up for business.
While it might be expensive for the casual user, one might be tempted to say that it’s only a matter of time until these push button contraptions show up as camping equipment or as portable mobile homes for those that want to pursue a life that’s off grid.