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Brief Published: 5 Dec 2012

Prefab B&B, Spain


Spanish interior design studio Espai Fly (Fly House) has designed and built a prefab bed and breakfast (B&B) from shipping containers. The compact structure – which measures just 4.5 metres wide – is so small that it’s able to nestle comfortably between other buildings in the Majorcan city of Palma, Spain. 

Comprised of three shipping containers, the B&B was prefabricated off site and swiftly assembled with a crane. Due to the effectiveness of pre-planning the design in this way, the on-site construction was completed with minimal dust and noise pollution – not to mention the particularly significant benefit that it can be easily disassembled and relocated to another site.

The interior provides 12 sq m per room/container and has a strong focus on streamlining; it’s styled minimally and comes with clever storage solutions hidden within the furniture. An outdoor dinning area and pool have also been incorporated into the exterior terrace and a wooden sliding screen can be pulled across the shortened end of the structure, covering the space and creating a sense of privacy.

For consumers with a green agenda, eco-conscious features such as solar panels and the option to harvest rainwater have also been integrated into the design. All appliances installed are energy efficient.

For more on the topic of prefab architecture, see Prime Time for Prefabs, The World’s Tallest Prefab, Quick-Build Modular Homes, Spain and Samsung’s Solar-Powered School. 

For more on compact living, see Compact Stores and Going Micro: Small Spaces. For more on architecture making great use of spaces previously considered too small to be workable, see Filling the Voids: Architecture Between the Gaps. 

Espai Fly