A Vietnamese Architect’s Easy-to-Erect Dwelling for the Destitute – The New York Times


Mr. Nghia said the S House would fit many different environments, in part because its $1,500 frame can be purchased alone and clad in whatever local materials are available. A full package would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 and include steel-lattice walls and a corrugated roof.

The S House is suitable for remote areas because no single component weighs more than 110 pounds, he said, and its design could also be modified to suit local conditions — higher ceilings for hotter climates, for example, or bigger units for communities with larger families.