They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but this house was. Or technically, a quarter of a day, since it goes up in about 6 hours.
How is it possible to assemble a $33,000 home so quickly? M.A.Di, which stands for "modulo abitativo dispiegabile," which roughly translates from Italian as "deployable modular housing," according to Geek.com, arrives at the construction site in pre-assembled panels. It's an A-frame house that begins with a crane lifting two hinged roof sections over the home's foundation, then standing them up in place.
From there it takes as few as three people to add on the rest of the house's parts. Watch the video above to see the progress in action.
Because construction involves an "unfolding technique," the houses are . They come in five different plans, with the smallest one-bedroom unit covering 27 cubic meters, or roughly 96 square feet. The largest, a two-bedroom "cottage," is 70 cubic meters, or approximately 182 square feet, and costs about $74,000.
The homes are also earthquake-resistant, making them ideal for affordable housing, temporary quarters for sports and other events, or medical facilities in the aftermath of natural disasters.