We were so excited to learn that an Israeli pair transformed an old bus into an attractive luxury home, until we saw what materials they used. Looking for an opportunity to make some money, Tally Saul and Hagit Morevski used such carbon-intensive and toxic materials as cement, concrete and formica to complete their ungreen conversion.
Neither Saul nor Morevski are untrained fly-by-nighters looking for a get rich quick scheme.
They decided to do the bus conversion after Saul read about alternative housing, and soon found themselves with a junked up Dan bus that measures 2.5 by 12 feet. See below.
After staring at the thing for several days uncertain how to proceed, the duo decided to stick as close to the original spirit of the bus as possible.
With help from Ward Design, they sunk into their interior plan, which was largely dictated by the awkward dimensions; they eventually decided to keep the windows, wheels and handles and fill up the vast spaces between with luxury furnishings.
The new floor resembles the old somewhat, and they had to level out the slope with some carpentry, and they even managed to preserve and restore pieces of the old to furnish the new – including a suite of aluminum frames and the original doors.
But then the project takes somewhat of a kitsch turn.
Instead of breathable natural materials befitting to such an enclosed space, like bamboo, for example, the design team added orange vinyl diner-styled seating, formica finishings in both the bathroom and kitchen, a velvet-covered couch and other such weirdness.
Their intentions were pure – if you can call a $300,000 price tag lobbed on the final result pure, but we wouldn’t want to be trapped inside with all those materials off-gassing.
Images via Lior Danzig