For those who dream of space travel, you can either fork over $250,000 for a ticket on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, go back in time and study harder to become an astronaut, or get a prefab house that looks like it’s been zipping around the galaxy.
The Spaceship Home appears to have dropped out of the sky, but La Moraleja, Spain isn’t the new Roswell. It’s the site of a prefab house from Noem, which sits about 12 feet above the ground on a metal frame. “He basically told us he wanted a mother ship,” Pol Guiu, co-founder of Noem, tells Dwell of the home’s owner.
The three modules that make up the house are made of Pyrenean pinewood, wrapped in wool insulation, and covered in polished metal. The airtight modules and heat-recovery ventilation system help cut the building’s energy use by 75 percent, compared a similarly sized house.
The modules divide the house into a bedroom; living room; and kitchen, bathroom, and control panel. Using the installed iPads, the homeowner can alter water and air temperature, turn on the lights or security system, and open or close the blinds. The door, made by a yacht company, automatically opens when the owner arrives home.
To add to the spaceship feeling, the architects added a real airplane staircase and included sci-fi details, like Star Wars font and blinking purple lights. The cabinets open up sort of like a DeLorean door.
The entire project took 14 weeks to complete with the majority of the time, eight weeks, spent designing the 1,033-square-foot house. It took five weeks to manufacture and 10 days to assemble. There’s no pricing information available, so it’s not clear if would’ve been cheaper to just take the Virgin Galactic flight.