With our planet facing new and complex challenges every year, the race is on to produce homes that lessen our environmental impact while also ensuring we can still live comfortably.
The 20-foot off-grid container home, Gaia, from international architecture studio Pin-Up Houses, might be the answer. Not only does this home make use of the most suitable building materials and the latest tech, but it also has a much smaller impact on the environment than the average home.
Gaia is the result of an old shipping container being given a new lease on life as an independent housing unit. It’s entirely self-sufficient with solar and wind energy and also has a rainwater tank for bathroom and kitchen usage.
This tiny home also comes with a refrigerator, water heater, and a multitude of convenient 12-volt and 24-volt appliances for everyday convenience. With the use of an inverter, higher voltage of 110 volts and 230 volts can also be generated.
Gaia is undoubtedly made for convenience and practicality, too, with a convertible sofa bed, stools, a table, and a foldable outdoor terrace. The container itself is 20 feet or six meters long, with wooden studs and spruce plywood to complete the look. It also boasts thermal insulation for year-round comfort, along with a galvanized corrugated metal sheet roof with water collection to a 1,000-IBC tank.
The 20-foot floorplan may seem small from the outside, but it’s deceivingly spacious. The spruce plywood makes it light, airy, and open.
The convertible sofa bed can be folded up during the day, used as a sofa, or folded down to form a bed for two at night.
The indoor-outdoor flow of this off-the-grid home is impressive, with a rear opening to enjoy the elements during the day.
The living and dining area of Gaia flows out to a beautiful deck, and you can store your dining table and chairs on the wall to create more room during the day.
An entire wall is dedicated to storage, with quaint cupboards being able to house everything from books and knick-knacks to clothing and cleaning supplies.
The way the home opens out allows for superior indoor-outdoor flow and complete breathability.
A wood fire takes pride in place in the living and dining area, heating the home on those cooler days. It also helps that Gaia has thermal insulation for temperature regulation and heat retention.
The whole idea behind this practical off-grid container house is to reduce waste, use green energy, and still live in a comfortable environment
The kitchen is simple yet functional, with spruce plywood forming the cabinetry and complimenting the appliances and bench space. There is also plenty of storage space for pots, pans, plates, and more.
The bathroom consists of a simple shower tray, sink, and toilet, yet it has everything you need to live comfortably. Water for both the kitchen and bathroom comes courtesy of the rainwater collection system.
It cost just $21,000 to produce Gaia in three months and Pin-Up Houses now offers the house plans for the off-grid container home. Learn more here