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Chennai architect transforms auto into mobile home, Anand Mahindra impressed

An architect who has transformed an autorickshaw into a mobile has recently been showered with praises by businessman Anand Mahindra. 

An architect who has transformed an autorickshaw into a mobile home has recently been showered with praises by businessman Anand Mahindra. 

The Chairman of Mahindra Group took to Twitter to share pictures of the unique mobile home. He noted Chennai-based architect Arun Prabhu NG not only built the mobile home to demonstrate the power of small spaces, but also capitalised on the larger trend of post-pandemic wanderlust.

Anand Mahindra shared pictures that show a tiny house on top of an autorickshaw. The Twitter user who originally shared the images on the microblogging platform said that Prabhu built the “Solo 1” mobile home using Rs. one lakh.

“Apparently Arun did this to demonstrate the power of small spaces. But he was also on to a larger trend: a potential post-pandemic wanderlust & desire to be ‘always mobile,” wrote Anand Mahindra while sharing a Twitter post about the mobile home. He also asked if anyone could connect him with Mr Prabhu. “I’d like to ask if he’ll design an even more ambitious space atop a Bolero pickup. Can someone connect us?” Anand Mahindra wrote on Twitter.

His tweet garnered nearly 5,000 ‘likes’ and hundreds of responses. Many netizens praised Prabhu’s creation, and several others shared his contact with Anand Mahindra.

 

Arun Prabhu developed the detachable 6-feet x 6-feet home after he realised that small slum places can be improved by better design, said a 2020 report in DT Next.

“We generally focus on large scale architecture and don’t give much importance to small scale architecture. By developing a prototype of Solo 1, my intention was to explore temporary and portable housing concepts in India,” he said. 

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