Small prefab tests space-era rotating rooms: sleep-cook-bath

March 29, 2019 john 21 123593 16:42

To make a small home more efficient, designer Luigi Colani put a 6-round-meter cylinder in the living room so with a press of a button the kitchen, bath or bedroom will rotate into view ready for use. Using flexible plumbing and electrical, the home can rotate 270 degrees in each direction to reveal any of…

On designing a stackable, bioclimatic shipping container home

March 4, 2019 john 19 53197 13:17

Motivated by her love of mobile homes and bioclimatic design, as well as the surplus of shipping containers at Athens Port Piraeus, Nastazia Spyropoulou created a passive solar container home that is topped by a living roof and has little need of traditional heating/cooling. Her prototype Cocoon Module is made from a used (though good…

Apple architect picks a small prefab to savor CA countryside

September 25, 2018 john 20 59190 34:50

When BJ and Danielle Siegel began planning their dream home in the hills of Sonoma County, California, they wanted something light on the land. “Sometimes when people build a house they want to express all the cool things they can get into a house and for us it was kind of the opposite,” explains BJ.…

MN tiny home pioneer turns containers into airtight wee homes

January 29, 2018 john 36 34471 26:28

In 2002, when the modern Tiny House Movement was in its infancy, Minnesota architect Geoffrey Warner conceived of a tiny prefab home for a client who wanted an affordable retreat. Naming it weeHouse®, Warner went on to use the simple box design in prefab variations across the U.S. In 2016, Warner and his team at…

Transformer CNC cabin by a lake as father-son work dialogue

December 11, 2017 john 21 30166 20:41

Daniel Yudchitz and his father, Bill, are both architects who took their love of craft, cabins and Swiss precision in architecture (e.g. Peter Zumthor) and created a CNC-cut cabin crafted to a fraction of an inch. The home is built with interlocking structural panels and can be disassembled. In fact, the father/son team built most…

Side-door container 2nd life as WA’s ski town outdoorsy home

November 14, 2017 john 26 23513 14:30

Shiah Lints was tired of life in a 2500 converted farmhouse, so he bought a side door shipping container to convert it into a tiny new home. The “train car” style container is built to open completely on two sides so Shiah didn’t need to make any cuts (and thereby lose structural strength). Containers are…

Portland’s 359 skinny house follows the sun like a sunflower

August 14, 2017 john 20 40504 12:10

Ben Kaiser’s 359 house can be rotated by just one person- or two kids- pushing a bar and walking around it. It’s what he calls the logical union of the small house movement and energy consciousness. At just 12 foot square, or 144 square feet, his rotating house can follow the sun for warmth, and…

Hydraulic doors transform containers in retrotronic shelters

May 1, 2017 john 17 27905 14:29

Comparing their work to reanimating a corpse, Matthew Quilty and Adam Kalkin believe in giving new life to unused shipping containers. They have turned these industrial corpses into homes, mobile kitchens/cafes, and event spaces. “In the United States today there are about a half a billion containers just sitting there, about 70% of those are…

Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers

October 24, 2016 john 19 19030 11:42

Architect, artist, designer Julio Garcia had been designing plans for shipping container homes for a decade before he found the perfect place to build one: on a long, narrow stretch of his property in Savannah, Georgia. “I’m a big believer we should be adapting to the environment… I remember walking out and looking at the…

How 16 containers became 8 wanted market-rate Phoenix condos

September 12, 2016 john 20 5319 14:29

On an old used car lot in Phoenix, architects Brian Stark and Wesley James placed 16 used shipping containers and turned them into 8 one-bedroom apartments. With the goal of creating market-rate rental units, the architects tried to work with the containers rather than altering them. The containers are stacked as they would be on…