Shelters and Small Houses
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There's something about a treehouse that appeals to all of us.
Russian architects Arch Group have completed the first of their tiny hotel rooms for napping at airports .
This tiny house on a trailer is completely unique. It was built earlier this year (2011) and has yet to be lived in. The house is 24′ long and 8′ wide.
After working exhaustively with the building department, plans were approved and I started to get to work.
Tim Kasten wrote to me recently about his Meditation Retreat Gypsy Wagon, so I asked him to send me some pictures and tell us his story. I’ll let Tim take over from here: I dreamed for a number of years of building a gypsy-style caravan on a 4-wheel 14-foot-long wagon chassis that I bought from Shiloh Wagon Works in Minnesota. Health problems eventually forced me to concede that I wasn’t strong enough to build it alone and that I would have to scale back the design considerably if I wanted to be able to tow it with a small car and maneuver it by myself. The result was this little wagon built on a 4×8 utility trailer from Tractor Supply.
Beach Chalet The 388 sq ft structure is built on galvanised steel stilts to prevent flooding. The outside of the chalet is clad with cedar shingles and the inside is clad with sawn softwood. Because the land slopes away from the breach, both internal and external steps were constructed to create a level surface inside.
floor assembly and progress laundry utopia done for the day pulping for hybridobe more.... pulped paper waste from the Bemis
StoveLab is a collaborative experiment with foundation students at the Massachusetts College of Art exploring the potentials of high-efficiency stoves and the production of biomass fuels. This two-week project provided a unique and often chaotic approach to the concept of art and cultural production, our potential response to extended emergency situations, and the ecological use of sustainable fuels. The goal for StoveLab was to collaboratively design, produce, and test a variety of handmade stoves. Using limited materials, resources, time, and tools; this group of mainly freshmen students researched and produced a variety of stoves, but mainly focused on the ‘rocket stove.’ Developed by Dr. Larry Winiarski at the Aprovecho Research Center, the ‘rocket stove’ is a high efficiency wood stove that uses a minimum of fuel to produce high heat and resulting in little production of smoke or particulate matter.
With wheels, traditional proportioning and archetypal form, these little structures are designed to be portable and can, essentially, be sited anywhere you can park a travel trailer.* They range from about 50 to 130 sq ft.
As part of the documentation process of this project, we have been collecting the assorted questions asked by guests to U7K55. This is an abridged and edited list of questions posed to me on the public Thin Soup Nites. Are you the artist? Did you use boullion?
There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books . Selected projects utilizing shipping containers.
Most houseboats seem to be designed with one of two primary purposes in mind: they are either constructed as accommodations for semi-permanent living (more house than boat) or they are made to be mobile (more boat than house).
Gallery Woodie Motorhomes, House Cars & Campers Once the car was a familiar sight on the American roads, it did not take long for someone to create a motorhome.
Gypsies have been traveling the roads of Britain for hundreds of years, but now only one in 10 Romany's spend their lives on the move. At an early age (9) many boys work with their fathers, collecting scrap and doing odd jobs. Marriage comes earlier too at 14, by which time the family may have relocated more times than they can remember. Children are born in the Gypsy wagons, and this childhood is not unusual for a Romany traveler. FOR SALE: Traditional Gypsy Caravan - pull out center extended Traditional wagons or caravans are part of the heritage of our country and enrich our lives with the diversity and spectacle of a wilder, or freer style of living, every bit as fulfilling as living in a cardboard two up two down box and tied to the clock by a mortgage, which nobody really wants, but then that is the rat race - take it or leave it.
Images credit Zhao Kang