In New Zealand, One Cool Habitat is shipping tiny container habitats all across the globe. Whether you're looking for extra space for a home office, studio, or anything else, this 160 square-foot space comes with a clean slate ready to be customized inside. The habitat is built with a 20-foot container, composite panels, and, of course, strategically placed windows. The base model starts at $29,500, according to Inhabitat.
You've probably heard about IKEA's prefab homes offered overseas called BoKlok. This isn't anything like that, but it has some interesting potential. As discovered by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design, IKEA recently teamed up with ReadyMade to show these ReadyMade Signature Modular Dwellings at a few locations along the West Coast. The dwelling has a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom — all tightly packaged in a tiny little space.
Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California). According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics. The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material.
The architect and company that brought us the Bike Arc modular bike park system is now behind the House Arc modular system. House Arc was designed by Joseph Bellomo and the prototype shown in this article is being finished for a client in Hawaii. The modular home is built with a lightweight frame of steel tubes and set on a few concrete blocks. When finished, it's supposed to be strong enough to withstand tropical winds and weather.
A few weeks ago, we told you Nationwide Homes was preparing a 523-square-foot home called The Osprey for IBS 2010. Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson was on the scene and snapped a few photos amidst the hordes of industry professionals. Like Clayton Homes' i-House, the Osprey is a small, green modular home designed for flexibility. It can be used as a small home, home office, retreat, casita, or in-law apartment.