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ÁPH80 prefab portable home offers appealing vision of micro-living


August 2, 2013

The ÁPH80 will set you back from €32,000 (roughly US$42,000) (Photo: ÁBATON)

The ÁPH80 will set you back from €32,000 (roughly US$42,000) (Photo: ÁBATON)

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Spanish architectural studio ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80: a prefabricated, portable micro-home, which is envisioned as the first in a series of upcoming similar dwellings suitable for up to two people. The wood used to construct ÁPH80 is sourced responsibly, and the house can be erected in just a day.

ÁPH80 measures a total of 27 sq m (290 sq ft), and features three interior areas: a lounge and kitchen space, a bathroom, and a double bedroom. The outside of ÁPH80 is clad in grey cement wood board, which lends the structure an appealing minimalist and muscular appearance, especially when all the windows are closed.

ÁPH80 sports a ventilated facade with 12 cm (4.7 in) of thermal insulation. The interior timber panels are whitened Spanish fir, and its gabled roof is 3.5 m (11.5 ft) in height at its maximum point.

ÁBATON reports that the home is transported via truck and can be placed practically anywhere. Though the interior looks rather spartan, home comforts include a hob, refrigerator, sink and extractor, hot water, and a shower.

That said, there's no word on whether or not a connection to the grid would be necessary for these amenities. Since there's no mention of solar or wind power, one assumes mains electricity would indeed be a requirement. We've reached out to ÁBATON for clarification, but have yet to hear back.

The ÁPH80 is priced from €32,000 (roughly US$42,000).

Source: ÁBATON via Inhabitat

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This makes no sense at all .You can easily by a travel trailer for half this price


I agree --there is no innovation here when the cost is similar to building a 1200sf home in any of the more affordable areas of the U.S.

I love Gizmag, but one of the more irritating trends I see on these pages are so-called lifestyle innovations that will cost you an arm and a leg compared to existing solutions.

There are certain categories of innovation that must include affordability, or better yet, breakthrough pricing in order to qualify as a true innovation.

Just my 2-cents...

Michael Russer

At first it did not show a bedroom or a bathroom but it is shown in the next to last photo. It seemed like just one big room. Since it does have a bedroom and a bathroom, the cost does not seem too excessive.

It seems like a simple design. At times that is a good thing but I think this needs some color. I like the simplicity of the design. Perhaps a windmill and/or solar panels would help make it more transportable where one would not have to have connections.


There's a lot of competition, currently, for quick assembly houses. This design needs to step it up a bit to break from the pack. It needs at least one 'wow!' piece of design. Is wood what should be used on future houses? I'd want to know of its waste removal/recycling abilities before considering it for purchase. I'd need to read of the more clever aspects of its design.

Dan Lewis

I do not see anything in this portable house to justify its cost or existence. A cargo container cost 1/40th of this thing and with another $3000.oo can be made to function as well as this and be just as portable. No actual measurements are provided as to length or width.


What is the R value of the walls, roof? I could visualize a reflective & insulating cover that retracts to collect solar energy in winter but does the reverse in summer. That would eliminate the need for heating/cooling.

Don Duncan
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