After the destructive Woolsey Fire in Southern California in November 2018, local architect Doug Burdge and builder Nate Garnero came together with the idea to repurpose shipping containers into fire-resistant temporary housing.
Garnero and Burdge, whom you might recognize from his modular prefab ADUs also designed to address post-fire housing needs, developed the Buhaus (a combination of “Malibu” and “Bauhaus”) as an elevated take on the shipping container home, emphasizing clean lines and functionality.
The 160-square-foot residence is built from a series of repurposed containers that come clad in fire-resistant metal panels, which can be raised to shade an outdoor area. Exteriors can be customized to sport a sleek aluminum look, black finish, or a camouflage design.
Inside, the unit centers around a living and sleeping area with a Murphy bed tucked tidily into the wall. When the bed is hidden, a smaller table can extend from the wall and serve as a kitchen table. The floors and ceiling are clad in a warm oak and high-end finishes like a waterfall shower overlooking the patio make the Buhaus feel like a swanky hotel getaway.
The Buhaus starts at $96,000 and can be outfitted to go off-grid with alternative energy. The Buhaus will be available for preorder in February, and will start shipping out later this year.