Shelter ByGG

Environmental designers have used cork to create eco-friendly flooring and walls before, but Portuguese designer Gabriela Gomes might be the first person to build an entire tiny house out of the natural material. Her Shelter ByGG project is an experimental, habitable, cork module that can be placed in an empty public space where it will obtain its energy from the sun’s rays.

This futuristic caboose-like structure is insulated, weather-proof and lightweight. It can be delivered by flatbed truck to any location and contains a living area, a bedroom for two people and a small bathroom. Gomes intended the design to be a totally private space placed in a totally public arena: something comfortable in an unexpected location. She also wanted the structure to be made of 100 percent sustainable and recyclable materials topped by solar panels. Currently, the Shelter Bygg can be rented by the night for 100€ ($125) for two people. To learn more, visit the Shelter ByGG website and reservations form.

Photos courtesy of Joao Morgado and Gabriela Gomes

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]


7 thoughts on “Shelter ByGG”

  1. Looks cool from the outside, but I started feeling claustrophobic just looking at the interior pics! It takes someone special to live that tiny with so few windows and such oddly shaped spaces.

  2. I think “maryj” “hit the nail on the head”. Most of the tiny house designs are just play-houses and would need some serious modifications to be up-to-code especially in the city. However,in an emergency EG: after earthquake housing tiny houses would become more feasible.

  3. It’s a good size for a bedroom. I can see a series of these set around a main cooking/living space like a great hall. Gives everyone privacy when they need it but a large community space to gather in. I would like a green one. It’s a great creative idea and should be pretty well insulated due to its material.


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