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All Terrain Cabin

Entered into: Container Housing

Fabricated from a single 8’ x 20’ container, Bark Design Collective’s All Terrain Cabin allows a family of four people plus a pet to live on or off the grid. In the closed position, the cabin maintains its shipping container appearance, easily transportable from one site to another via rail, truck, ship, airplane or helicopter.

Once on site, the two twenty foot side walls unfold to create a total of 480 sf of living space including an open air deck on one side and bedroom/living space on the other. These spaces flank the “technological nucleus” of the container that include the kitchen/dining and bathroom areas. The deck is separated from the main space by glass window and door openings while the living/bedroom space is contained underneath a tent.

The ATC is principally constructed using aluminum, wood and glass. Other green features of the ATC include solar panels, a generator that runs on biodiesel fuel, composting toilets, a facility for the re-use of grey water and a rainwater collector. Designed and fabricated to highlight Canadian design ingenuity, the ATC is furnished with Canadian products.

Primary successes of the project are its portability and its self-reliance. The primary shortcoming appears to be its ability to be used comfortably in cold weather conditions due to the difficulty of insulating the spaces within the tent.

Kotnik, Jure, Container Architecture, Links Books, 2009, pp. 224-227



Competition Details

  • Name: Container Housing
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: March 1, 2010
  • Submission Deadline: March 1, 2010
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Status:

The competition entry ID for this project is 6400.

Project Details

NAME: All Terrain Cabin
PROJECT LEAD: Bark Design Collective
START DATE: January 01, 2006
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $38000 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 160 sq. ft
PROJECT TYPE: Residential – 1 BR
BENEFICIARIES: Single individual, couple or family


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