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