the way we live

the all terrain cabin


this afternoon one of my favorite blogs, architechnophilia, had a post about this great prefab. called the all terrain cabin, or atc for short, this prefab is built on the ubiquitous standard shipping container platform. what sets this design apart from the rest is its attention to sustainability. according to bark’s website, the nonprofit design firm of the atc,

  • “the atc is designed to travel by train, truck, ship, plane, or helicopter. it can literally go anywhere – and it is self contained: a generator running on biodiesel is included and an “inverter” changes dc into ac. the atc operates off the grid. plumbing is similarly environmentally friendly – filtering and re-use of grey water, composting toilet, tanks of fresh water, rain collection, etc.”


once the unit has arrived on site, the walls simply fold down and effectively triple the prefab’s livable area. no water, waste piping, external power, or other hook-ups are necessary. built to house a family of four, the atc is an ingenious, sustainable, and efficient prefab.  did i mention it looks great too?  currently the atc is in vancouver on tour throughout canada. check out bark’s website for more photos including additional interior shots.


2 April 2007 - Posted by | architecture, green, prefab


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  2. A great read, very informative
    Been looking for a blog like this one for a while
    Keep up the good work.


    Comment by MaxSpeederIAM | 21 August 2007 | Reply

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