low-cost prefab cement wood-board housing by abaton low-cost prefab cement wood-board housing by abaton
jul 31, 2013

low-cost prefab cement wood-board housing by abaton

abaton architecture: low-cost prefab home from cement wood board
image © abaton



priced from 32,000 euros, the low cost pre-fabricated housing solution by madrid-based architecture firm abaton presents a portable dwelling ideal for two people, which can easily be transported by road and placed almost anywhere. entitled ‘ÁPH80’, the small container measures 27sqm (9 x 3 meters) and features an interior fully equipped with living-room/kitchen, ample sized bathroom and double bedroom. the material palette of the prefab home consists of a selection of FSC-certified spanish fir, local lumber and a combination of grey cement wood board for its facade. the ventilated exterior fabric provides 12cm of thermal insulation around the building, with a solid timber skeleton that allows large openings to bring the outdoors inside of the temporary residence. assembly time is estimated to be around one day, with manufacturing taking approximately 4-6 weeks per unit.



the low cost pre-fabricated housing solution is priced starting at 32,000 euros
image © abaton




the ventilated exterior fabric provides 12cm of thermal insulation around the prefab home
image © abaton




the material palette of the prefab home comprises FSC-certified spanish fir and grey cement wood board for its facade
image © abaton



a solid timber skeleton bring the outdoors inside of the temporary residence
image © abaton



the two-person prefab home can be transported by road and placed almost anywhere
image © abaton



assembly time is estimated to be around one day, with manufacturing taking approximately 4-6 weeks per unit
image © abaton



the small container features an interior fully equipped with living-room/kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom
image © abaton



image © abaton



image © abaton

  • 32k for a shed??? I thought Spain was in the toilet financially.

    Jon says:
  • home how it is supplied with electrical energy and water? 🙂

    manulebarbu says:
  • A Rather Elegant Solution!
    Much of the world would be tickled to death to be able to live in such luxury.
    Now if only it can be made more affordable……

    Michael Jackson says:
  • This is really something architects do when they are completly disconnected to reality.
    Forget the price.
    4 to 6 weeks to build?
    Stone on a movable house?
    No solar pannels or way of storing water or collecting?
    Add that to the price, and it’s something completly out of reality

    C_G_ says:
  • things can be made much more cleverly & affordably. Allright, it’s a nice piece of design, but this not the point when dealing with affordable housing. I used to work on cheaper 3 rooms housing for africa priced around 30k, better thought in terms of natural ventilation, space, and yeah, it took less than 6 weeks to build it on site. have a look here :http://www.telluria.be/ not that sexy, but surely more clever

    pl says:
  • 32,000 euros – low cost pre-fabricated housing solution???

    Excuse me but where you are living? This is cheap for you guys???

    I can make this for half of that price and the furniture is free of charge on me…

    Igor says:
  • Clever packaging. 32k euros is very good price for a FULLY FURNISHED shelter…and its not STONE its cement board…which is light weight. Honestly, can you not read? Yes the electricity and water is an issue but to dig a well and septic system and to bring electricity to a location isn’t dismissively expensive.

    Luc says:
  • This is better than most NYC apartments. Haha
    I would consider this if I had a choice…

    I do agree with “C_G_” on some points though.
    There is no solar panels or water collection system.
    I would definitely like to see how the bathroom would work on this house.

    David R. (NY) says:
  • It looks nice, but how do you store anything (food, clothes, cleaning materials, …) ?

    Olivier Ysewyn says:
  • What you people are complaining about the price?? you want to have it more affordable?? You know anything about real estate? Where I live you would have to pay at least triple that price for an apartment of that size. This is a house for the price of a middle class car… Really great project. Don’t think it needs to be portable though.

    ers says:
  • €32,000 for a solid reasonable size building isn’t expensive. There’s the cost of raw materials, then the components have got to be manufactured, transported to site, and then assembled by builders like any other construction.

    Try buying in London armed with twice that, and you’d maybe have the deposit on a small one bed flat and a lifetime of worry trying to pay off the rest.

    douglas says:
  • This is an expensive sea container, Less durable… Sea container- $ 2000, insulation $600 electrical $1200 Water & power per geographic zone. You do the math. Cute, but far from practical. Another niche for trendy types.

    Designer H says:
  • It would be interesting that commenters provide their websites to see which solutions they bring to life …

    Facu says:
  • Similar in size to a shipping container, which cost approx 3,000 Euros for a 8×40 foot unit.

    gbc design says:
  • another pretty little clever house that i don’t understand the application for??

    nicola loder says:
  • Then why don’t you go live on a shipping container, dude? This is a beautiful house which can make people happy, not an ugly and mind freezer uninteresting prefab house! I agree that it should include some improvements regarding its efficiency, but it can still be done! Just one thing more: cement wood board is not stone. It is not heavy! Congratulations abanton!

    Patricia says:
  • Igor, if you can do this for half the price then why don’t you do it. and agreed that as usual there is no storage in the bedroom, and they neglect to talk about electricity or water supply. but these are not insurmountable issues, cover one side of the roof with pv panels, and a solar hot water system, make sure that this side faces the sun, and bob is your uncle. you could also incorporate water, or rain water storage into the walls, or under floor or in the roof space, (could then act as a thermal insulator). and it could be totally self sufficient.

    morgan says:
  • With €32,000 I can build a 2 bath, 3 bed, pool, garden & 2 parking house in Africa… People have money to waste to live in a stone box in the middle of nowhere. That’s not affordability, this is luxury.

    Ebenezer says:
  • I like the interior and it is a really cute idea but it is unlikely that it can be placed anywhere. We cannot simply occupy land because it is vacant, if it has not been designated for this purpose. It is a problem faced by nomads and travellers.

    sharon says:
  • Before these initiatives for small buildings can to make a ‘movement’ I think an important step is to create affordable electricity (solar or wind) points available. Now it is – sorry to say – only for the elite.

    Catharina says:
  • It’s an interesting project – we are currently building a similar size standalone building (the Pod) in our back garden. First we will live in it (family of 4, so will be tight on space) whilst I pull down and re-build our house. Then, when we move back in to the main house, my wife’s dad will be moving in to it. The building has a bathroom, a bedroom, a living space and internal corridor that connects the 3 rooms.
    Our build is 7500mm x 3600mm, constructed from sips panels (stirling board skins with polyurethane foam filling void) which are manufactured off site (factory is 30 mils away) to the design and then delivered and constructed by team of carpenters / joiners. Heat performance and durability are both very good, although polyurethane not so friendly to the environment.
    Once the base was in (compressed hardcore with slab and adjustable risers) the carpenters put the structure up in less than 12 hours – ring beam, floor panels, wall and roof panels (but not finished surfaces – I am rendering and cladding walls, used EPDM roof).
    I am using individual contractors for specialist work and doing the basic stuff (dry lining boards, running cable, tiling, water plumbing, underfloor heat, second fix joinery, etc) myself in spare time – so slow progress, but saving us lots of cash. Our total build cost will be just under £20k for the completed structure.
    Sadly I can’t afford PV panels at present, but will be capturing rain water from the roof to use on the garden and, when the main house is finished, will investigate turning the Pod toilet over to ‘grey’ water.
    Using same sips panel system to complete main house. This will involve removing existing roof and upstairs dormer floor to replace with sips second floor and converted attic.
    Wish me luck.

    Adam says:
  • At the price of 32,000 euro (US about $45000) wow! I agree the concept is great. I also agree with many of the commenters concerns: water, electric, storage, and it could be produced more affordably. Here in Ohio, building codes in many areas will not even allow you to place a house trailer on the land, which has been in production for most of this century. Government is going to have to get in step with the needs of the multitudes!

    Karen-US says:

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