Tiny diesel tank becomes time-capsule-style personal shelter

Martín Marro wanted to “rescue the memory” of his childhood home: a converted 1940s gas in Luque, Argentina. So he unearthed a diesel tank, similar to that buried under his home, and with the help of his brothers converted it into a living space.

From the outside, the yellow tank seems unchanged, but inside, there’s a surprisingly large-feeling space complete with a lounge chair, bed, television, lighting and storage space. Given that oil tanks are meant to be moved, “Bunker” cabin can be easily transported and it has been. After completion, it remained 3 months outside Marro’s converted home that inspired the project. A year later, it was installed in downtown Córdoba, Argentina (population 1.5 million) and it finally landed in Luque, on the esplanade across from his home.

Project Bunker is Marro’s attempt to reconstruct the memory of his family home, what was once a typical modernist filling from the 1940s. Filling out the project are 3D renders of his home and the tank underground and drawings of possible future incarnations of both. All this is Marro’s attempt to capture time and create an archeology of the future.

Filming credits: Alexis Arguello & Silvana Acuña
*Special thanks to the city of Luque


  1. as emergency or temporary shelters that could be moved around or located in remote areas this seems like a doable idea, FT living would be hard though I think….unless its one of several welded together with some sitting upright, like 4-6 of them, that would be something to experiment with as a full time living space.

    • Its weight makes it impractical for emergencies or temporary shelters, plus the cost of mass production. It’s a cool novelty, nothing more.

    • No restroom or kitchen. Maybe you could get away with no kitchen if you were right next to a place to eat at a decent price, but no way without a restroom.

    • I wouldn’t mind living in something that sort of size preferably a bit bigger enough for a desk to sit properly at. Not as emergency shelter but as part of a modular mobile village if there was other units that would serve as shared kitchen and shower facilitys ect, in fact I really hope to live that way one day. People could live as an ecological workers moving across landscapes or orbiting city’s doing seasonal work as an all inclusive scheme to save up money for a few years. It would resolve homelessness if some villages focused on rehabilitation for those who need it before moving on to a working village. Sort of template that could be extended to climate and conflict refugees as well.

    • @Felix Keenan I think that’s smart thinking. It’s not for the faint of heart or the pampered people of the world, but you never know what kind of world we will be living in a decade or two from now. I think it would be a fantastic way to save money, especially if a person has to live away from home to work. There are so many reasons this would actually be a sufficient way to live. China already rents spaces as small or smaller for people to sleep at night after working all day.

    • @Tim Miller Thanks. I use to do natural conservation work as a charity volunteer and I always wanted to do something like that as a legitimate kind of work, its strait forward physical labouring. Having modular/mobile villages It would be a way to make ecologically pro active work more economically viable over larger areas such as natural conservation, development of green belts areas around city’s for activities, re patterning of certain agricultural areas to improve landscape hydrology and build top soil, propagating rows of perennial crops in accordance and digging out/building up simple features or constructing/engineering more ambitious projects. Harvesting more frequent layers of more diverse crop yields. Much broader strategy’s of animal management and livestock rotation as to integrate into cultivation and management of crop growth phases (ground preparation, fertilisation, pest control, pruning, weeding, clearing ect) . Reclaiming desertified areas and improving defenses of areas prone to flooding. Ecological growth economy. The idea is to design all the units to be simple to move in a variety of ways so that a workforce can be applied to one area at a time in accordance with Ecological Succession over very large areas. I just like the idea of doing a day’s work, being able to see what I’ve physically done and then at the end of the day I’m not far from where I’m staying.

  2. Great story that has been forgotten. He needs ot dig up some artifacts from hundreds of years ago and find what al the invaders left behind and i’m sure someone will want them or open a musuem. : ) peace

  3. I like that he said the truth about the indigenous people. White man came and MURDERED. The Americas belong to the original Americans! Shame on the Europeans!

  4. Interesante ? comencé a mirar el video y por un momento pensé que el video solo hablaba de un proyecto de tiny house. Al seguir mirando y escuchando el tema, me hizo pensar.
    Excelente trabajo y una muy genial forma de honrar los recuerdos.
    Saludos desde Panamá ??

  5. Put about three of these together…and you’d have a decent survival bunker if you buried it and dug a couple access hatches. If he uses it as anything else other than an open-air living room or a summer bedroom, he’s just trying way too hard to go tiny.

  6. We enjoyed his outlook on the past to the present and then the future. To hear what others had to say about it was interesting as well. It obviously has a lot of meaning to him as it represents part of his life and memories. I’m glad he did this and I’m sure it’s been a very satisfying experience.

  7. Excelente!! Desde San Martín Pcia BS. As. Arg. Excelente proyecto mis felicitaciones y deberías de exponer esto en tecnópolis!! Great job!

  8. wow, this is great! i also want to live in a tube! we need to save the planet! i can’t wait until they make bug food, so both me, my wife, my wife’s boyfriend and my wife’s black son can celebrate my gender reveal with a bug-paste cake, in my brand new tube house for which i must pay the mortgage for 30 years.

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