Their aluminum-clad, glass-ended capsule, which resembles an airship, took just ten days to build. At least that’s what its owners and authors, architect Roderick James and his wife, interior designer Amanda Markham, claim. They aptly named the abode they use for rentals, AirShip 002 (Airship 002).
The futuristic structure offers breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands thanks to floor-to-ceiling glazing. There is really a lot of interest in accommodation there, and those who want to experience living in an airship for themselves must book their stay more than a year in advance.
The project, built as part of the accommodation facilities of Out of the Blue, which the couple owns, cost 100,000 pounds (2.7 million crowns). The couple lives nearby in another house, which he also designed himself.
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“We designed the airship at first just for fun, but then the perfect plot of land came along and we decided to build it on it. We didn’t give it a chance at all at first, but it seemed to us that it would be the perfect place for her, and then she became incredibly popular,” 75-year-old James told SWNS.
Undoubtedly, the fact that the couple created a brand new design of the cottage contributed to its popularity. “We wanted to build something that could be built anywhere and any part of the structure could be carried by two people. It has over 3,000 parts that were computer laser cut in the factory, which took three to four months. However, the actual construction was completed in ten days on site. In the future, all housing will become more and more modular,” James is convinced.
The cabin in the form of an airship is designed to be self-sufficient, without connection to public networks, yet nothing is missing in its equipment. It has a composting toilet, rainwater collected on the roof is stored in tanks under the floor, and fresh spring water is intended for drinking. The interior has a living room with a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette, a shower, a double bed with four-posters, a table and chairs, and there is also a balcony on the exterior.
“One of the key things that we work with, even in our own house, is that all of our abodes are based on elliptical, oval shapes. We’ve found that people feel very comfortable in these floor plans. Sandi Toksvigová (well-known British actress and broadcaster of Danish origin – editor’s note) described it as ‘like a womb with a view!’ There are no sharp corners and the result is that people feel very safe,” explains the extraordinary interest in the James Airship.
The architect has no doubt that the huge popularity of the Airship is due to the wonderful views offered to visitors from its windows resembling the eyes of a dragonfly. “If you have a very small space but a big view, it works very well,” he concludes.
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