Nearly a decade ago Werner Aisslinger aspired to design a temporary, minimalist domicile that would suit the nomadic lifestyle while still retaining all of the aesthetics that contemporary society seeks. Voila! the 420 square foot LoftCube was born. Since 2004, the ultimate home for nomads has popped up in gardens and on rooftops all over the world: in Spain, Belgium, Canada, and now in Lebanon. Mark Doumet’s sleek home has 360 degree views of the Mediterranean Sea and is installed just a short ride north of Beirut. And as the country’s official LoftCube distributor, he encourages visitors.
Prefab construction has become increasingly popular in the last decade or so.
By manufacturing modular pieces in the factory and then transporting the intact structure to its destination site, designers significantly reduce waste materials and also cut down on carbon emissions associated with shipping.
The LoftCube can be transported in either two truck loads or in two shipping containers. It is wrapped in glazing that permit all kinds of light and ventilation and most of the interior is finished in Corian to create a breezy, comfortable home.
Heating and cooling systems can be customized in accordance with each buyer’s eco-ethos, and the facades and finishes are also flexible.
LoftCubes are exceptionally mobile; homeowners whose jobs require them to change their location - as often happens in the 21st century – can easily dismantle their home and move elsewhere. It goes up in 5-7 days and comes down in 1-2.
But they aren’t cheap. Unlike earth bag homes, which can be constructed for under $5,000, these can cost from 40 000 and 80 000 EURnet, depending on the distance between the buyer and the factory.
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