The Port-a-bach

 - Dec 2, 2008
References: port-a-bach & gizmag
What better way to hedge against fluctuating home prices and skyrocketing rents than the Port-a-bach, a $55,000 eco-friendly bachelor pad for nomads?

The Port-a-bach comes from New Zealand and is based around a repurposed shipping container. It's a fold-out home that can comfortably sleep two adults and two children. Best of all, it's designed to be eco-friendly and is completely power, water and sewer-independent. Naturally, it can also be connected to local utilities if the driver desires.

All that's really needed is about 40 square meters of relatively flat ground, according to Cecille Bonifait and William Giesen of Atelier workshop. Six concrete footings form a makeshift foundation for the Port-a-bach.

As far as interior appointments go, the Port-a-bach boasts an interior cabin of 6.1 meters by 2.4 meters (or about 20' x 8') and contains both interior and exterior canvas screen systems to facilitate a breezy indoor/outdoor living space. There is a composting toilet, a stainless steel kitchen, and a bathroom complete with an open shower and sink. Bunk beds and a double bed complete the living space; with the consideration of the interior screens, a dressing room can also be partitioned off for an additional "room."