It’s true, prefab homes are easy to set up and disassemble, which makes them more mobile. But it’s also true that timber, the material most used for them, becomes damaged in the process and is also subject to degradation over time. To counter that, Roderick James and his team introduced the Airship, a prefab home made from aluminum panels.
Named this way because of its distinctive shape, the Airship aims to double the appeal of durability with a living experience like no other. Because, honestly now, what other home makes you feel as if you’re flying a spaceship? For starters, the Airship can be installed in a few days by a team of two, so it can also be disassembled and moved in about the same time.
Recyclable, weather-proof, and cozy despite its utilitarian interior, Airship can be upgraded and customized according to each budget and destined use. Pictured in the gallery is Airship 002, which the design studio is offering for stays in Scotland – and which has repeatedly been named among the most spectacular rental residences in the country.
Airship 002 serves as the base model: Roderick James Architects says that one such home can be (almost) any size the future owner wants, with a maximum sleeping capacity of four people. It can be made to be completely off-grid or with utilities that hook up to the mains, and it can have wheels for easier transport. It has serious eco-credentials – or can have if you afford it: solar panels on the roof and a battery bank, rainwater capture system, spring water and filtration system, composting toilet, and LED lighting.
Airship 002 offers sleeping for just two people, but its modular design would allow it to be converted into a 2-bedroom space if the owner desired it. As of this moment, it has a single bedroom, a galley with a breakfast bar and fold-down table, a small lounge with a sofa that could sleep one, a living room with gorgeous views on one end, and an office with equally breathtaking vistas on the other. There’s a wood-burning stove that provides warmth and can be occasionally used for cooking, running hot and cold water, a balcony, and all the creature comforts you’d expect from a home not located in the middle of nowhere.
No price is officially offered for the standard Airship, which is perhaps the only bummer about this unique, gorgeous, and eco-friendly (and slightly mobile) construction. Media reports claim that one unit starts at $125,000.