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A tiny house shaped as the Lunar-lander! Would you like to live in it?

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by: Moon Apple
A tiny house shaped as the Lunar-lander! Would you like to live in it?

For over 35 years I have been designing composite catamarans and trimarans. I was trained originally as a land architect. I have long wondered how much boatbuilding could teach homebuilding. A fusion of boatbuilding and homebuilding can in fact provide many advantages. 
White tiny house looking as the lunar module Apollo in a green landscape close to a river
The Lunar-Lander tiny house. Photo by: Kurt Hughes

A fusion of boatbuilding and homebuilding 

At work, I design what are basically houses that are designed to leap off of a 25’ wave at 30 miles per hour. You think any code compliant homes could fly off of a 25’ cliff at 30 mph even once, much less all day long?
Probably when you think of boat building, you think of a 25 Bayliner powerboat. Wrong. They are built from polyester and chopped fiberglass. The polyester burns hellaciously and the chopped strand matt is only good for about 20,000 psi bending strength. Boatbuilding as I do it means epoxy, which is self-extinguishing, and triaxial knitted laminates which have bending strengths of up to 70,000 psi or about twice that of A36 steel. I have homebuilding experience also. Including with factory built homes.

The mission was to design a habitable dwelling with the latest marine composite technology, providing creature comforts with low impact on the land and high amazement factor. It is waterproof, airtight (but with air to air heat exchanger ventilation) resistant to vermin, mold and insects. It needs no roofing nor siding.

Lets explore something new!

Why not just build a composite cube? It would be simpler, and not “weird” looking. Easy. A cube is not interesting. Cube has been done before. Lets explore something new. The lunar lander is not only an interesting configuration, but an homage to a time when people did new things. Innovators were prized, not feared. And more, the actual Apollo astronauts trained some 25 miles from where this project is sited.
What happened to the courage to innovate? 

Inside find an open space, with external modules for bath, galley, breakfast nook and storage. On top is a clear geodesic dome so the light can stream in down all around. A foam/glass cover will be used to keep extreme heat or cold out of the dome. Down inside is a soft lounging pit and bed. On one side is an outside deck. The systems are placed in the hexagonal ring that the living space rests on.
Interior of the Lunar Shaped Tiny house, kitchen
Inside the 'Lunar-Lander'. Photo Kurt Hughes

The Lunar Lander can rest comfortably on drastic, uneven terrain, with virtually no environmental footprint. These off-the-grid outposts will use the latest marine technology to afford a strong, light, and easily maintained structure.
Drawing of the Lunar shaped tiny house black and white
Construction is plywood/epoxy/core/fiberglass. There is no framing, no headers, no joists.  The insulating SIP sandwich panels do it all.  They are all bonded together with biaxial roving, a fiberglass with the same strength as A36 steel.
Lunar Tiny House interior with sink, kitchen, open door, outside view
Inside the 'Lunar-Lander'. Photo Kurt Hughes

If this were production, or if I had a larger budget, it would be entirely fiberglass and core. The core is both for insulation and structure. It is vacuum bagged between the plywood faces. Everything is encapsulated in epoxy and sheathed in fiberglass cloth.

After the prototype Lunar Lander is built, as a proof of concept, a line of other larger models may follow.

Story and photo's by: Kurt Hughes

https://www.businessinsider.nl/lunar-lander-tiny-home-2018-6/?international=true&r=US

http://www.homecrux.com/kurt-hughes-lunar-lander-tiny-home-looks-like-apollo-replica/89122/

https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/architecture/tinyhouses

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I'm interested in everything that has to do with sustainability. My house is solar powered and I have my own water supply and filtering system.  I grow my own vegetables and fruit. Most of the time I go on the road by bicycle and for long distances I use public transport.  
I'm interested in everything that has to do with sustainability. My house is solar powered and I have my own water supply and filtering system.  I grow my own vegetables and fruit. Most of the time I go on the road by bicycle and for long distances I use public transport.  
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