AIR House en route

Loading of the shipping container in front of the Faculty of Architecture in Prague

Loading of the wooden elements of the canopy into the shipping container in front of the Faculty of Architecture in Prague

Cargo ship HALIFAX EXPRESS sailing in front of the mountain coast

Map of the world with route of the  AIR House from Hamburg to Los Angeles

14/08/2013 - The AIR House is not designed as a typical mobile house. Easy transportability is part of the concept and mobility arises from the principle of the competition our team participates in. We dare to predict that during the next six months the AIR House will cover more ground than a standard mobile home during its entire life. Throughout its trip from Prague to California, apart from air transport, it will use all types of transportation – road, railway and water.

The AIR House is on the move since Friday June 26th, when we  packed the first container in front of the faculty. A week later, the last part of the house – the technological box, left the building site on a low-deck trailer on its way directly from Dejvice to Hamburg. US Import Regulations require hygienic wood treatment; therefore all wooden parts of the AIR House had been sent for fumigation prior to the trip. On Monday August 5th all our containers followed the box, leaving by train on their way to the Hamburg freightliner terminal.

A cargo ship called HALIFAX EXPRESS that will carry the containers overseas, left on Saturday August 10 on 22:30. A 27 days long voyage awaits the AIR House. During the voyage the AIR House will cover 10 511 nautical miles (19 466 km) and will stop in 6 world harbors. Its voyage will lead from Hamburg to Rotterdam and to Belgium Antwerp, across the Atlantic Ocean, to Canadian Halifax. From here, it will sail along the east-American coast, stopping in Norfolk and Savannah. By the end of August, it will be moving through the Caribbean sea, wherefrom it will sail through the Panama canal to the Pacific. From Manzanillo, a Mexican harbor, it will follow the western coast of the US all the way to Los Angeles, where it should land on Friday September 6th.

We will follow the real-time progress of the AIR House on Marine Traffic webpage. This open, academic project displays free information about vessels’ position and harbors, especially along the coasts of Europe and North America. Data are collected by receiving of Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmissions. A transponder onboard transmits automatically programmed data about the vessel, such as its size or position. If you are interest in the HALIFAX EXPRESS progress, see the interactive map.