BANGA: abandoned space age bungalows from the 1960s BANGA: abandoned space age bungalows from the 1960s
jul 02, 2013

BANGA: abandoned space age bungalows from the 1960s

BANGA: these abandoned space age bungalows have seen better days
all images courtesy of pamela voigt



originally designed in 1971 by an unknown designer, these space age ‘BANGA’ portable bungalows– which were originally produced by bungalows international SRL in milan, have seen better days, as they sit in a soon to be re-developed italian holiday resort. the abandoned futuristic architectural structures – belonging to the post-war architecture and the pop art of the 1960/70s – show extensive wear and tear, with cracks clearly showing in the original glass-reinforced plastic GRP shell. the building’s envelope is made using a sandwich type system- a 30mm foam core sits between 2.5mm thick GRP walls. the 81sqm interior is also made using GRP, which encloses the original internal fabric of the space. the plan accommodates options to install two folding sofa beds, a small bathroom and kitchenette, with integrated furnishings that can provide a compact and private living arrangement.

however, because of the level of neglect, restoration specialist and architect pamela voigt seeks for someone to bring these historic cabins back to their former glory. with proper funding, a restoration can be conducted with the help of the german firm fibertech— who originally built the facade of the walbrook complex in london by foster & partners. to help save the BANGA get in touch with pamela voigt.



the 81sqm BANGAs were intended to be used as a small holiday house for up to four people



a BANGA in its surrounding context






the interior is made using GRP, with each element factory-assembled



the BANGAs need to be restored to their former state


drawing: ground floor


drawing: sectional view



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  • i want one!

    George says:
  • I guess the local landfill would not take them. I had forgotten what a bad era the 70’s was. Inflation (U.S.( in the middle of the 70’s turned many things upside down. Luckily this direction was stopped before society was further contaminated with this dreck.


    JimCan says:
  • Modernism in decay is really cool. I want one!

    DanB says:
  • 1. Protect them from further sun damage, An umbrella type shed design might enhance them, with each cover tipped a bit in different directions. 2. Carefully pressure wash. 3 Spray white gelcoat after repairs. 4. Let the furnishings and accessories provide the color and decoration …Wow…i’d love these units hidden around my 20 acre Biophilia Nature Center.. What fun!

    Fred A. Saas, Architect says:
  • These are terrific….I would love one, too. Beautiful curves, good use of space and a whimsical surprise in almost any setting!

    charlotte g says:
  • These make so much sense to me! I am just fascinated with that simple bathroom design. A sink molded from the top of a toilet is a nearly forgotten unit, which people pay “big bucks” for these days! Thought of sliding windows is common, but enclosing windows (more like storm windows) took a little more thought. I like!!

    Chris Jordan says:
  • “plastic doesn’t age with grace”

    jrjrjr says:
  • Thanks for your comments ! whoever is seriously interested PLEASE send me an Email via

    Pamela says:
  • i love these, are they being saved? can we have them transported to find nice visitors or owners rather than turning them into landfill? please advise on the company that now owns them or the land that they are on, i’d like one

    natalie says:
  • the article states that the cubicles are each 81sqm, think that this is a mistake and should be fixed, probably means 8.1sqm. some larger openings would have been better, but very efficient design not sure what occupants would want to stay in such a small space but be in separate beds? perhaps for all those brothers and sisters that travel together, or really good friends?

    morgan says:
  • i would be interested can you tell me more about the site and the pods

    tom naylor says:
  • The plastic appears to have weathered rather well compared to a wooden or concrete and wood structure especially when one takes into consideration that they have been neglected for so long.
    Add to that the possibility of vandalism and they appear to have done rather well.
    The initial design is attractive and appealing when one considers what they offer in shelter and basic needs.
    I really like them – can you tell?

    Ron Smith says:
  • 8.1sqm

    Not 81. there’s quite a big difference.

    Dan says:

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