The Crib is a Tiny Enviresponsible Shelter

A while back, I mentioned The Crib, an “enviresponsible shelter” by Broadhurst Architects that can be used as a weekend cabin, backyard office, exercise studio, or guest house — you name it.  Well it’s time for a short update from our last article, if you haven’t already noticed, that a 250 square-foot Crib was built on the grounds of the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.  It’s being used as a visual arts studio, a lab, and a gallery and is open to visitors during certain events and various other times.

The Crib is built as a kit of parts with SIPs (R32 walls and floor) and other recyclable parts from steel and aluminum.  The prototype home also has multi-layer polycarbonate panels, insulated glass, heat-treated poplar siding, LED and CFL lighting, an energy-efficient ceiling fan, and rainwater collection for showers and gardening.

In process construction photos are available on The Crib’s Facebook page.

The design allows for reuse by dismantling and reassembling The Crib elsewhere.  A version of the prototype runs for about $85,000, according to the Washington Post, not counting sewer hookup.  With a kitchen, the Crib will cost about $120,000, while the basic Crib costs just shy of $60,000.  The block/concrete basement adds about $25,000.

[+] Learn more about The Crib from Broadhurst Architects, Inc.

Credits: Anice Hoachlander.


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  • Green GreenJoyment

    That’s a great design, but the pricing is a bit worrisome. If it’s brought down, I’m sure a lot more people will look into this cool crib. Cheers!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)
    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

  • http://www.roofmax.net/locations/solar-company-walnut-creek/ Max Boughner

    Whoa! What a cool creation! It’s perfect for a simple yet comfortable life. I’d like to have a one like this as my weekend getaway crib. Although it is a bit expensive, I’m sure the savings I get in the long run will be worth more than what I spent for the house.

  • Yep, austin is better

    Well done! Good use of space

  • Yep, austin is better

    Well done! Good use of space

  • http://twitter.com/EcoHomeStore Eco Home Store

    I really must check this out the next time I’m visiting home (DC/MD) area. It looks to be adjacent to my sister’s high school.

  • http://twitter.com/EcoHomeStore Eco Home Store

    I really must check this out the next time I’m visiting home (DC/MD) area. It looks to be adjacent to my sister’s high school.

  • Question The Fad

    This isn’t anything special. Yes is uses rainwater collection and has insulated glass. And yes, it has R32 walls. But that doesn’t make the design good or well thought out. Also, with an $85,000 price tag it seems eviresponsible doesn’t mean economically responsible.

    I do have a few questions regarding the design:
    Where are the passive design strategies to reduce the need for “energy efficient” appliances?
    Why the convex walls? Any efficiency in the layout is lost here.

    Just something to think about. If more people were critical of this type of design we would be building economically efficient and ecologically beneficial buildings by now.
    Why so much praise for a step back in design?

  • Question The Fad

    This isn’t anything special. Yes is uses rainwater collection and has insulated glass. And yes, it has R32 walls. But that doesn’t make the design good or well thought out. Also, with an $85,000 price tag it seems eviresponsible doesn’t mean economically responsible.

    I do have a few questions regarding the design:
    Where are the passive design strategies to reduce the need for “energy efficient” appliances?
    Why the convex walls? Any efficiency in the layout is lost here.

    Just something to think about. If more people were critical of this type of design we would be building economically efficient and ecologically beneficial buildings by now.
    Why so much praise for a step back in design?

    • David

      It looks great but for the price tag 85000.00 Dollars i can build a nice home in this area where i live.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamhouseplans The House Designers

    The House Designers don’t have house plans as tiny as 250 sq. ft, but they have some really innovative tiny house plans that range from 480 sq. ft to 1,000 sq. ft. 
    http://bit.ly/vey7Q4 

  • Ribbonr934462003

    All these design look inexpensive but aren’t, just does not make sense.

  • ChKen

    “SIPs (R32 walls and floor”

    Okay, this was written almost a year ago, but the walls don’t look like SIPs. They look like multilayer translucent polycarbonate.

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