The structure known as Gaia by Pin-Up Houses is a tiny house that consists of a discarded shipping container morphed into a comfy, self-sufficient house befitted with modern technology to befit today’s lifestyle. It was created as an alternate solution to conventional housing and lessen the bad effects on the environment.
One of the primary assets of the experimental off-the-grid housing project is the fact that it harvests solar and wind energy. Gaia does not depend on external sources of energy or water which is important in the contemporary climate crisis and the future. It comes complete with solar panels and a wind turbine so the batteries will be charged any time of day and night throughout the seasons. You can examine the battery levels by way of a mobile app from anywhere. The tiny home was designed within a marine HC 6 m container offering wooden studs and spruce plywood in the inside. Another trait is the container’s roof, covered with a galvanized corrugated metal sheet extending beyond the building. This multiplies the rainwater collection and is placed in a 1000-IBC tank.
The rainwater is filtered and distributed to the bathroom and kitchen throughout the home’s systems. Gaia contains a refrigerator, water heater, and other 12 V and 24 V appliances based on owner specifications. If your appliance requires a heightened voltage of 110 V to 230 V, it can be generated utilising an inverter. Pin-up Houses has maximised the limited capacity by encompassing compact storage, a convertible sofa-bed, space-saving stools, and tables. The outdoor terrace can be folded to close the container with the use of the winch, to help ensure privacy.
All of the interior walls are sprayed with thermal insulation (spray foam) ensuring its inhabitability year-round, not just during the summer. Yet spray foam is combustible fossil fuel. Yet to guarantee safety, the woodstove is shielded with steel on the floor and behind. The structure also features many exit points. The bathroom takes the form of a Porta-Potti style chemical toilet where the bottom half is a suitcase filled with waste and formaldehyde chemical which has to be transported to be discarded securely. This could be fixed by exchanging it for a small compost-friendly toilet to lessen the environmental impact of the home.
The container is spacious and not cramped, with every corner carrying a function. Gaia is contemporary, self-sustaining, and cost-efficient for those in search of a sustainable lifestyle. As a prototype, its systems can be enhanced to render them more sustainable. Topping it all off is a beautiful draw-bridge style deck.
Source: Yanko Design.Com
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