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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
To see more inspirational bus conversions, check out Kimberley's book, The Modern House Bus.