United States architect Doug Burdge, collaborating with California-based builder Nate Garnero, have used shipping containers as the basis of fire-resistant temporary housing.

The project, entitled ‘Buhaus’ (a verbal combination of ‘Malibu’ and ‘Bauhaus’), incorporates fire-resistant materials, off-grid capabilities, walls, flooring, and hardware designed to create housing that is both luxurious and affordable.

Measuring under 15sqm, the Buhaus masters the three C’s of residential living (comfort, customisation and compact size), and features a bedroom and bathroom space, a shaded wooden deck, an exterior shower facility, storage beneath the counter, and a refrigerator.

The Buhaus is designed to shield residents from bushfires, and designers assert that its pricing will start at about AU$143,000 and can be fitted with an additional option compatible with off-grid alternative energy.