Step-Up/Step-Out by Modulus


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Step-Up/Step-Out by Modulus


Is it public art or rapid interim shelter? Perhaps it is both. This skylight-topped, natural-light-filled 4-bedroom housing design capped with a shared full bathroom sheds new light on the rapid shelter landscape...

Conceptual Idea Only


8 residents / 4 bedrooms

$16,500 / resident

Temporary (<6 months)

60 days offsite1 days onsite

There is a need to help, and that help needs to be immediate. If you’re having a bad day, which turns into a bad and sleepless night – if you have no security or safety and staying warm is near impossible, you need the ability to have a good morning. You need a pat on the back, a fresh shower, an opportunity, a supportive feeling, a well rested mind, a belief the world has not given up on you. You need a “Step-Up”.  Just one day can make the difference between a downward spiraling path and a chance for a new life. If tents can be exchanged for safe cover, if services can be directed using technology and a mobile approach, and if streets can turn from shame to pride – perhaps a corner can be turned in transient housing.

Approaching a similar problem, albeit not dire – the transient housing at concerts, festivals, and events sweeps into town like a whirlpool and just as quickly leaves having created little more than trash and disruption (aside from a generally good time for the partygoers…). Their tents and garbage are money tossed aside to assuage a populous and little redeeming benefit is created for the municipalities they frequent. But what if there was a solution to both.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $132,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 8 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $16,500
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 320sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 4 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Conceptual Idea Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: <30 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Moderate (prefab assembly)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Temporary (<6 months)

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