What if the future of housing and the future of transport were, in fact, one and the same thing? What if we could attach little extensions to our homes that would allow us to move – and live, meet, and work – all in the same space? Designed by mechanical engineer Charles Bombardier and vehicle designer at the Indian Institute of Science Ashish Thulkar, the Tridika would do just that.
Inspired by Thyssenkrupp’s MULTI elevator, the Tridika would be operated by magnets, which would lift and propel the vehicle in different directions, pulling electricity from its tracks. Shaped like a box, the interior would be optimized to carry up to six passengers and would have a configuration that would transform it into a small office space that can be used as passengers commute.
Bombardier, whose blog Imaginactive, includes over 200 design concepts that include ways for people to travel through air, water, land and space, revealed his concept for the Tridika in an article for Wired.
Although Bombardier leaves much to the imagination in his description of the Tridika (he never reveals its dimensions) he explains that apartment buildings would have to be designed and built to accommodate it, and that the portable living space would connect to the buildings with a ramp and elevator system. The unit would include a large sliding door on the side that would automatically sync with a door inside your home when parked alongside it, making it an extension of your space.
Whether Tridika will ever get past the design stage is questionable, but, considering recent micro-housing trends and the densification of urban space, as well as the rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs), the concept could be well worth exploring.
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