Overkill. They could have done it with a bunch of 555s.
Oh! I so would like to have one of these for myself just to spend the nights.
I think this demonstrates the best thing about the Tiny House movement; the personal creativity and imagination unleashed by empowering the owner-builder. Brings to mind Micheal Jantzen’s Hypertat.
Before his work shifted to a focus on large installations that are more Deconstructivist sculpture than architecture, architect Micheal Jantzen was very interested in utilitarian homes built with adaptive reuse of industrial materials and inspired by the functionalism of spacecraft and various proposed space habitats. Across the '80s he produced a number of homes that were flat-out retrofuturist sci-fi space outposts on Earth. One of these, based on a kind panelized quonset hut very reminiscent of more contemporary Moon and Mars outpost concepts, became the basis of a commercialized prefab shelter system called the Hypertat which was intended as the basis of a turn-key solar powered prefab home that could be as quickly built anywhere. It never seemed to find much use for homes as originally intended, but did become briefly popular for use in polar research stations. And this is where things curiously came full-circle.
When NASA hired the ‘living machine’ scientist/inventor B.C. Wolverton (author of the book How To Grow Fresh Air) to begin work on the development of CELSS (closed environment life support system) technology they provided him with a hypertat building in which to create a large indoor hydroponic garden as a living machine air/water recycler demonstrator. It ran for some time, but NASA work in such areas has never been particularly sustainable and when Wolverton moved on (founding his own company to make plant-air purifier planters) the hypertat and its indoor garden were left moribund until the agency rediscovered its need to hype the prospect of Mars missions in the early 'aughts. The building was then spruced up and the garden reestablished to become a simulated Mars base module for visiting tourists. Alas, this new life was short-lived as the mock-up Mars base would soon be destroyed in a hurricane.
And so here was this 80s-era piece of futurist architecture that was inspired by 70s-era visions of lunar bases that then, in the 2000s, was recycled as the basis of NASA’s own mock-up representation of Mars bases.
They had excellent plumbing.
Did someone say overkill?
Blow any Dr. Smiths out the airlock though.
We would need him for plot development.
One is also reminded of Ken Isaacs Microhouse.
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