Scrapped public transport bus converted into chic living space

israeli women convert public bus into house
© Lior Danzig

In the search for a second life, old public buses, trucks and the like have been converted into anything from gardens, greenhouses and to even community art centers (well, actually a trailer). In a similar spirit, two women from Even Yehuda, Israel recently converted a decommissioned bus into a elegantly minimalist home, hoping to propose an affordable alternative in a country where housing access is a hot-button issue.

© Lior Danzig

According to Oddity Central, Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, are friends who were looking for a creative project to collaborate on. Shaul tells Hebrew language site Xnet that their eureka moment arrived when “[she] read an article about alternative housing solutions, such as containers and tents, and suggested [they] turn an old bus into a living space.”

© Lior Danzig

Within less than a week, they were the proud owners of an old public transportation bus scrounged from the scrapyard. They brought in designer Vered Sofer Drori, who assisted with tweaking the bus' layout, measuring 2 by 12 meters.

© Lior Danzig

Adapting their design ideas to fit around the existing windows, doors and the large, interior wheel arches, the team was able to preserve the bus' unique character, while also integrating a bathroom, rear bedroom, storage throughout, a full kitchen and even hot-weather luxuries like air-conditioning.

© Lior Danzig
© Lior Danzig
© Lior Danzig
© Lior Danzig

Now that the bus' swanky transformation is completed, the women are looking to pitch this one-of-a-kind, motorized home to interested, local buyers who might not be able to afford a house otherwise. With thousands of public transportation buses going out of circulation annually worldwide, this could be an efficient and stylish way to re-use them. More over at Oddity Central and Xnet.

Tags: Architecture | Israel | Public Transportation

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