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The Hummer House: A Better Use For Hummers As Prefab Housing

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 27, 2011 @ 7:58 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

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Designed for the Prefab 20/20-An Open Ideas International Competition 2009 [1], the Hummer House is an exploration into the potential uses of the soon to be extinct monster SUV. HplusF researched the Hummer’s [2] body shell and determined that the sheet metal components that assemble into a body shell were strong enough structurally to be used as the exterior for a capsule style dwelling. By turning the body on its nose and joining 8 together, they created a family home with all the necessary amenities inside.

The home includes a 12 volt electrical system, OEM refrigeration, heating, media components, and a clever use of the nooks created from the cars shape. Solar photovoltaic panels [3], soy based insulation, grey water recycling, and geothermal heating and cooling help to push the recycled [4] housing concept towards greater sustainability. The Hummer House can also exist as smaller units utilizing only 4 cars, or it can be expanded with even more to create larger multi-unit dwellings. HplusF received an honorable mention in the prefab design competition for their concept in 2009.

+ HplusF Design and Architecture [5]

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[1] Prefab 20/20-An Open Ideas International Competition 2009: http://prefab2020.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/winners-shortlisted-entries-announced/

[2] Hummer’s: http://inhabitat.com/raser-unveils-100mpg-hummer-h3/

[3] Solar photovoltaic panels: http://inhabitat.com/category/solar-power

[4] recycled: http://inhabitat.com/category/recycled-materials

[5] + HplusF Design and Architecture: http://www.hplusf.com/

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