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A car you can truly live in
Architect Markus Voglreiter gives 'mobile home' a whole new meaning with Auto Residence, an energy-efficient, car-shaped home.
Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 4:11 PM
I’ve been seeing a whole lot of bizarro green home concepts lately and they just keep on getting weirder and weirder (or more and more inventive/clever, depending how you look at it). In recent weeks, I’ve featured a French home
designed to look like a lush green hill, a house in Montana that resembles an ark
, and a modular living space
from Germany that’s essentially a human hamster wheel.
Buckle up because today’s eco-eccentric home comes to us from the suburbs of Salzburg, Austria, and it’s a real doozy: architect Markus Voglreiter
’s Auto Residence
, is (big shocker here) shaped like a car.
points out, it’s not quite clear what possessed Voglreiter to design and build a car-shaped — and no, it doesn’t actually move — abode aside from the fact that his clients wanted to update a "typical 70's style suburban home." Maybe he’s trying to really
fill conservative neighbors with ire? Maybe the client really
like cars? Maybe he's using sustainable architecture as a, ummm, vehicle to make a point about society's reliance on automobiles? After all, many of us truly do "live" in our cars. Who knows.
What is clear, however, is that Auto Residence is quite green. Voglreiter built it using "a '3 liter' energy-efficient heating and insulation technique that optimizes all current building technologies, drastically reducing energy consumption." From what I understand, Auto Residence doesn’t feature a garage. I'd like to think that its inhabitants choose to bicycle and/or use public transportation.
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