Architecture

ÁPH80 Portable Home

Words by Jillian Japka

Portable homes are not something that have typically been associated with high style. Often, portable or prefabricated dwellings favour function over fashion. Yet the idea of a prefabricated home—manufactured efficiently and sustainably and shipped to a chosen location—continues to captivate designers. Ábaton, an architecture and construction firm based in Madrid, is committed to bringing high design to prefabricated homes. ÁPH80 Portable Home is one such design: a stunning combination of alluring materials, functionality, and sustainability.

ÁPH80 is a series that is designed to be prefabricated and portable. The homes are designed and manufactured in Spain, but can easily be replicated and placed nearly anywhere. Easily transported by road, it is easy to imagine ÁPH80 blending in to a modern suburb or completely off the grid in a rural setting. The flexibility of this portable home, combined with its style and attention to detail, makes the prospect of this new type of dwelling all the more appealing.

The dwelling is designed to comfortably house two people. The interior is comprised of three rooms: a living room and kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. At 27 square metres, the space is by no means large, yet the carefully crafted design makes it feel surprisingly roomy. The gabled roof helps give an open feel to the entire space, while light interior walls contribute to the spaciousness. Storage is incorporated in the least cumbersome places: in cabinetry that matches the wall colour or floating shelves positioned out of sight line. Floor to ceiling windows, revealed by the facade panels sliding away, bring the outdoors in. This feature allows the user to connect to their surroundings—no matter where their ÁPH80 home may be.


Architecture: Ábaton
Interior: BATAVIA
Photography: Juan Baraja


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