ÁPH80: A prefab cabin from Spain that's clean, calming and compact
Madrid-based sustainable architecture firm Ábaton unveils a low-cost, quick-to-assemble prefab housing concept that's as simple as it gets (and interestingly, hypoallergenic).
Thu, Aug 01 2013 at 7:00 PM
Meet Portable Home ÁPH80
, an unfussy, uncluttered, and rather lovely prefabricated hideaway from Spain that, as its name implies, can easily go wherever you need it to go … provided that you have a flatbed truck, a crane, and a full day to assemble the entire thing. Also, a super-photogenic field in the Spanish countryside complete with a roving herd of goats wouldn’t hurt.
Somewhat of a departure for award-winning Madrid-based sustainable architecture firm Ábaton (I previously featured a stunning adaptive reuse project from the firm in the form off an grid cow stable-turned-family retreat
in the rural Cáceres province), this one-bedroom dwelling has been making the rounds the past few days and for good reason: Compact (with a footprint of only 290 square feet, I suppose it qualifies for "micro" status) and visually striking (the timber frame is clad in wood fiber cement board), ÁPH80 is a careful exercise in balance and restraint, designed to project an overall sense of “wellbeing, environmental balance, and simplicity.”
And for transport, privacy (you wouldn’t want those damned sheep peering in at you at all hours would you?), and security during extended stretches when the home is sans occupants, the structure's openings seal up in a rather dramatic fashion.
More on the materials used in the home:
Most of the materials can be recycled and meet the sustainable criteria that ÁBATON applies to all its projects. It blends in with the environment thanks to its large openings that bring the outdoors inside. The use of wood throughout the building not only adds calmness and balance but it is also hypoallergenic. The sourced wood comes from regulated forests (will regrow to provide a wide range of other benefits such as further carbon storage, oxygen generation and forest habitat).
Also featuring a full bathroom, a living room/kitchen combo, 11-foot ceilings, and 12cm thick thermal insulation to help regulate interior temps, the price tag for this petite little beauty isn’t too shabby at 32,000 euros. The manufacturing time is a quick four to six weeks.
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