Meet, a clever little house concept created by studio Pin-Up Houses. As you can immediately tell just by briefly looking at it, this is no ordinary little house. It’s made out of a reclaimed shipping container and it’s not only compact but also really well-optimized to include a variety of features in a very small amount of space. Also, Gaia is designed to be an off-grid sustainable house which can be placed in just about any location. It doesn’t require any external sources of energy and water and it’s entirely self-sufficient.
As mentioned before, the house is made from a discarded container, a 20’/ 6m one to be more precise. It opens up completely on one side and has double glass doors as well as a small terrace that mark the entrance. This little terrace has a really cool feature which allows it to be folded up in order to make the house completely closed off, private and secure. There’s nothing to worry about when you leave the house or when the weather gets harsh.
Since this is not designed to use any external energy sources, you might be wondering what the alternative is. Gaia is designed to work with self-produces solar and wind energy. It features solar panels on top of the roof and a wind turbine. There’s also a rainwater filtration system in place which takes care of that issue. And speaking of the roof, it’s made of corrugated metal sheets in order to match the exterior walls and it extends out creating overhangs and a cover for the terrace at the front.
This was also designed to be a sustainable and affordable alternative housing solution. As a result, it’s created using the most commonly available and cost-efficient materials which apart from the container itself include wood and spruce plywood for the interior and corrugated metal sheets for the roof. All the characteristics mentioned so far combined help Gaia to have minimal impact on the environment compared to regular houses and to function as a unique and independent sort of home which can potentially be customized in lots of different ways.
It only takes three months to construct one of these houses and as far as the interior is concerned, there are many ways in which the design can be customized. The standard design includes a variety of very clever storage solutions which take up as little space as possible and are both convenient and attractive. There’s a lot to discover inside this tiny house.
Features like the convertible sofa bed or the drop-leaf wall-mounted table allow this to be a multifunctional tiny home. There’s even space inside for a little kitchen with a fridge and some appliances and the bathroom has a shower and all the other main features. It may not be very spacious but it makes up for that with a very clever interior design and lots of multifunctional features.
Whether you’re looking to downsize and to try a different sort of lifestyle for a while or if you want this tiny house to become a lovely little vacation retreat that you can bring to a wonderful location in the middle of nature, Gaia is a really great option.