Water Tanks Transformed into Tiny, Temporary Homes

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Entries to a contest focused on “social, sustainable and accessible” architecture might have been big complexes of cheap social housing or green roofed buildings with cool bike ramps in another time. But these days, architects seem to veer to the transitory, the small, the portable.

It would be nice to think this is because we see ourselves as a more nomadic society, but it is more plausible that the line of thinking comes from doomed scenarios we're seeing coming closer as temperatures reach record highs so high that we see planes sinking into a melted runway.

Entering a contest organized by Grupo Konecta, Spanish architecture firm estudioMatongue came up with an idea to convert water tanks into minimal, one person habitable units.

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The module ( Plataforma Arquitectura), they say, is self-sufficient and keeps the upper section destined to the storage of water, which can be used to produce energy (letting it fall on a mill).

As you can see from the schemes, it has a tiny habitable space on the base and a hammock bed on top. Axes on the sides allow the upper section to go up allowing light to come in through a circular window.

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It is unclear how cheap these would be to build and how practical to live in, they’re obviously thought to serve only as shelters and not full homes, but they sure make an efficient use of space.

By the way, if your imagination is not at its best today, the designers prepared a rendering to show you how the units could work in a flooding:

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Tags: Architecture | Small Spaces | Spain