COMMOD – A Repurposed Shipping Container

This modern, clean-cut home is constructed from a repurposed shipping container, and while I’m not entirely convinced that shipping containers are suitable for use as homes, this one (at least from the outside) seems like a rather cosy pad. From ContainMe!: “The COMMOD House by ContainMe! is a 100% recyclable modular house made from repurposed [.

The Mountain Cabin – A Small Alpine Holiday Home

This small, rather austere-looking building by the Austrian studio, Marte.Marte, is actually an Alpine holiday home. While the home has a relatively small building footprint, it contains a total of 930-square-feet of usable space, split over 4 floors.
Dubbed the Mountain Cabin by the architects, the building is embedded into the hillside and features picturesque panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

Could You Live In A Public Lavatory?

Could you live in a public restroom? Perhaps if it was renovated like this one, you could. Laura Clark, an architect living in London, purchased this abandoned public lavatory that lies beneath the Crystal Palace Parade. The space measures only 600 square feet, and even though the renovation works ended up being more complicated than first anticipated, the end result is this amazing luxury apartment.

Clark says “For me that’s about saving sites with an interesting history, but which have been abandoned and forgotten.”  After having to attend several council meetings and the property’s ownership being thrown into question, it was unclear whether or not Laura could actually build on the site. Fortunately, it was decided that the property could be put up for sale as a non-commercial space in 2011, allowing Laura to purchase the site and begin working on the transformation from grimy lavatory to luxury pad.

Modern Portable Prefab From ÁBATON

Prefab portable homes are on the up, and this modern prefab home, from the Spanish architecture firm, ÁBATON, of why they’re increasing in popularity. Called  the ÁPH80, it features a minimalist exterior that’s effortlessly beautiful due to it’s simple form.

The material used to create that seamless grey-tiled exterior is actually wood fibre cement board. “What?! Cement board roofing?” Yup. That’s what I thought too, but ÁBATON actually got back to me on that one after I left a comment on the TreeHugger article:
“Cement board works extremely well for outdoors. We have been using it for years in many of our projects and it consists of wood mixed with cement so the house could last at least, 50 years.”