Portable Home ÁPH80, a minimalist micro-home concept from family-run sustainable architecture firm Ábaton, managed to drum up quite a bit of attention 'round the green design blogosphere when it was first unveiled this past summer.

Manufactured in a factory in northern Spain using CNC technology within a quick four to six week timeframe, the petite and pared-down dwelling clad in cement-board panels is designed, true to its name, to be portable — that is, just like a rather large piece of furniture, the home will go where you need it to go, provided that you have access to a flatbed truck and a crane along with several hours to install the thing (and as evidenced in the above video, some kind of permit doesn't hurt).

As I put it in my previous post on ÁPH80, the concept is a careful exercise in balance and restraint, designed to project an overall sense of “well-being, environmental balance, and simplicity.”

Kirsten Dirksen of Barcelona-based faircompanies, who also documented Ábaton's transformation of a derelict cow shed into a self-sustaining retreat in the stunning Spanish countryside, was on hand to capture the installation of the fully plumbed and wired prototype ÁPH80 model at a decidedly less bucolic vacant lot on the outskirts of Madrid.

At a little longer than 30 minutes, it's one of faircompanies' longer videos, but it's certainly worth watching the entire thing and not just for the tour of a prefab home that, as faircompanies puts it, possesses "the style and usability of a smartphone." Throughout the video — and particularly toward the end — architect Camino Alonso and her family share some beautiful words on the topic of living with less: "I think now we're realizing we don't need a big space to be happy. So these things are a way to return to the essential of things — what truly makes you happy. A book, it doesn't take more at times. Nature, it's free. It's a luxury — you don't have to pay to enjoy it. The birds sing even if you say nothing."

Via [faircompanies]

Related stories on MNN:

The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.