Fusion’s Folding House

I’ve made a few other robot houses between this house and Fusion’s last, so Fusion’s old house felt clunky and needed a re-model. Plus, these are robots, made of Lego® elements. They’re cool. Fusion’s house should be too. So I wanted to build something cool-looking that’s difficult to achieve with Lego® elements.

For us a house is a big, blocky thing that gets built on one spot and then doesn’t change much over it’s life. You decide where you want it, how you want it and then decision made. If you want a change you have to move house. This idea was challenged a little by Fusion’s first house, where the house was designed to move about autonomously. But that got me thinking, what about getting the house in the first place?

In a world where very complex technology is at your fingertips (such as the worlds anyone creates in Lego® bricks), getting a house should presumably be similar to convenient buying now. For me, that’s Amazon. So Fusion’s new house was designed to travel to a desired location and then deploy there as a home. Throw in a little Command and Conquer-stylisation in deployment and this was the result!

Flight Mode

In flight mode the house is very streamlined and flattened, designed to resemble a spaceship. Sensitive equipment such as Fusion’s mending machine and television are folded away and surrounded by the hull plating for safety. It is possible for Fusion to stand in the top in this mode, though it’s a little uncomfortable. You can see more views of flight mode below.

Fusion's folding home - flight mode top

Fusion's folding home - flight mode underside

Exterior

On the outside, the house features the same shiny silver panelling, blue highlights and yellow / translucent blue skylights. However, compared to the original the formation is more compact, more enclosed and forms a smaller, more space-efficient home.

Fusion's folding home

Fusion's Folding Home - 10

Fusion's Folding Home - 12

When deployed, the roof rotates to vertical to allow access to the living space. This time the entire roof panel lifts making everything easier to get to. The roof and walls combine to a closer fit than the original, with the panels in the entry-way following the curve of the skylight. This gives a far more intentional, stylised look.

Interior

As with the first house, the interior holds a small living space with fireplace and seating. This time, I gave fusion a combined computer display and television over the fireplace. Within the same section, on the opposite side, is Fusion’s mending machine. The mending machines have gone through a few reiterations since Fusion’s first home, so the new house sports a smaller, more compact machine in a single unit. The unit moves into the entry-way when the house is in flight mode to allow the house to fold away correctly.

Fusion's folding home - living space

Fusion's folding home - maintenance area

Fusion’s sync / charging bay has been changed this time to allow Fusion to lie down (he kept falling out of his old one whenever the house wobbled). A recess in the centre securely fits Fusion’s backplate to keep him in place. To save space, the unit folds away when not in use.

Fusion's folding home - charge bay (up)

Fusion's folding home - charge bay (down)

Fusion's folding home - charge bay (with Fusion)

Finally, the entry-way holds a more compact port for Fusion’s portable sync / charging unit.

Fusion's folding home - entry-way

 

 

 

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