Design Tiny Homes Aeropods: Clever Recycling or Plane Crazy? By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Dappr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Before everyone fell in love with tiny homes, backyard garden sheds and home offices were a staple of design websites including TreeHugger. They are still a big deal in the UK, where people have smaller houses, often with deep lots with space where the outhouse used to be. Shedworking, a site devoted to garden offices, is showing a new one made from the fuselages of jet planes, Dappr Aviation's Aeropod. Dappr describes it: Made from aviation grade aluminium, engineered to fly at 30,000 feet and finished to the highest standards to your individual specification; Aeropods are unique and distinctive. Using a commercial airliner fuselage that would otherwise have been scrapped, we upcycle it to make a fantastically well engineered building. Aeropods are fully insulated and finished to the highest specification. Electricity and water can be installed. Options include heated floors and a wide range of finishes both internal and external. We can even strip the shell back to its original aluminium with a highly polished finish. We take the airframe of an A320 Airbus or a Boeing 737 and precision cut the Aeropods to retain the original aluminium floor bracing, fuselage shell and insulation. We fit them out with a highly insulated back wall and low emissivity glass doors. © DapprNow Alex Johnson of Shedworking thinks this is wonderful, writing that "this is a very strong contender already for our design of the year." But looking at the renderings, I cannot help feeling that it is a little bit tight. Can you sit on a bar stool underneath those storage bins above? © Dappr Then there is the rendering of the lounge setup with Eero Aarnio's 1963 ball chair shown next to a wood stove. The ball chair is 4'-5" high, but in the rendering barely comes up to window sill height. It is also 40" wide and is sitting next to a wood stove that takes up 3' including required clearances, in a single bay module of 2 meters or 6'-6" deep. It is all a lovely idea but perhaps we should all wait until they build a prototype with real furniture before calling it a design of the year; as shown, I don't think it really works. Ball chair in section of 737/CC BY 2.0 After writing all that I thought I should prove it before I suggest anyone is distorting the picture, and stuck a scaled Ball Chair on a section of a 737. I drew a red line across at 5'-6"; the average height of a British male is 5'-9" so it is a bit low. There is a fair bit of room available for average people; when you look at the photo on the news page there is clearly a lot of height and room. But I probably still wouldn't furnish it with a ball chair.