Ross Brooks

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

by , 02/09/14



Hagit Morevski, Tali Shaul, Scrapyard, Salvaged Bus, Israel, Housing Crisis, Mobile Home, Motorized Home

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two spent a long time looking for a creative project or joint business idea they could work on together. Inspiration finally came from an article about alternate housing solutions in a woman’s style magazine.

That same week, Shaul and Morevski went to a scrapyard and bought an old public transportation bus. To give the home a more original feel, they decided to design the interior around the original layout of the bus, as opposed to turning it into a hollowed out container. This was made easier after recruiting the help of friend and designer Vered Sofer Drori.

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 all that’s left is to find a local buyer who isn’t able to afford their own home, but would jump at the chance to live in this one-of-a-kind motorized home.

Via TreeHugger

Photos by Lior Danzig

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5 Comments

  1. Bertskie April 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I love this idea. Often we can have difficulty seeing beyond the bus…and then considering it to be a home. It can be moved from park to park for travel and could remain on a specified location. You did not mention how the washroom works nor was their anything for storage, beyond the kitchen cupboards. Visually, it is stunning. I would also be currious as to the cost of the retrofit. Is it comparable to a one bedroom home? Is their storage in the ceiling. About the air conditionner…does it work independantly from the vehicle? You have given me lots to think about. I would want this to be more than just a vehicle…for holidays. I would like to consider something like this, for a home for myself. Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to you and your team.

  2. mattcicle February 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    This would be a nice gift for a Palestinian family whose home was razed by the IDF!

  3. Al Rosenberg February 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    There is a difference between low cost and cheap. This is two steps from living on the trash pile as some people do. Take the materials and convert them to a home, not live in a bus. A bus needs a strong lower frame but a house needs a roof. Be economical, not cheap because after cheap comes garbage.

  4. katmarie September 23, 2013 at 3:29 am

    How much are they asking for this? I would totally live in this. <3

  5. mtempleton September 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I think this is a nice design, it looks like an idyllic home. But I would caution against it seeming that much of a ‘solution’ to some problem.

    In the UK and indeed I would suggest all of the developed world the most expensive element of property by miles is land. This design doesn’t impact on that main cost. If you manage to buy some land, phew, you can chill out and build whatever you want basically as it’s so cheap in comparison!

    In poorer places one might suggest that people ingeniously use this kind of thing already for housing…

    I guess it’s possible that where they don’t shipping existing carcases from the west to poorer places may be economically and environmentally useful. But it may not be.

    Either way I think that this is a pretty superficial discussion.

    I would encourage people to try to grapple harder with these issues and look for far reaching solutions to these kinds of issues.

    To volunteer a couple: in the UK I think we need a serious house building programme to get prices of housing down and get everyone properly housed.

    But I also think we need a tax on land values which prevents people who own land simply become richer and richer over time while people without it find it harder to access property ownership.

    In regard to poorer societies other political solutions I expect are findable and needed.

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