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It’s Hummer Time

It’s Hummer Time

With fuel prices sky rocketing, the petrol-guzzling Hummer’s days have been numbered  for some time now and, when GM announced last year it was closing its Hummer operations down, the fate of the vehicle was sealed. So what to do with all that clunky Hummer material? Rather than it wind up in a scrap metal yard somewhere, two architects from a Los Angeles-based architectural firm have proposed a novel and yet very practical solution: turn them into houses, of course.

As part an entry the duo submitted into the ‘Prefab 20*20: Vision for 400 SF Homes’ competition, Craig Hodgetts and HsinMing have taken the metal shells, together with various parts of the decommissioned vehicles, to create the aptly titled ‘Hummer Home’. 

In describing their concept, Craig Hodgetts told dornob

“Consisting of eight identical Hummer body shells supported by a prefabricated steel armature, the space is utilized in the manner of an industrially produced object, with 12 volt electrical systems, OEM refrigeration, heating, and media components, and ingenious use of the nooks and crannies generated by the pressed steel enclosures. 

“Optional geothermal storage tanks, photo-voltaic cells, and soy insulation will complete a sustainable project which has, at its core, the recycling of an automobile plant and the resuscitation of its supply chain.”

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