Weird small home in Berkeley

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Weird small home in Berkeley

  1. would love to "see inside", tour it..

    think this may be it?
    The Berkeley Fish House was based upon the world's most indestructible living creature, the Tardigrade. A Tardigrade is a small, water dwelling animal with a segmented body and eight legs. They typically range from 0.012 to 0.02 inches in length and are able to survive in some of the most hostile of environments such as -459 degrees Fahrenheit and 304 degrees Fahrenheit. They also can survive 1000 times more radiation than other animals, a decade without water, as well as several days in low earth orbit exposed to the vacuum of outer space.

  2. a news article

    Eugene Tsui: Eco-conscious and outrageous

    In an era where green building is ascendant, Emeryville architect Eugene Tsui still faces hostile design review boards

    one more person who thinks city building permits are for others

    Neighbors vehemently opposed the 2,100-square-foot structure. Even a dozen years after its completion, Tsui still expresses surprise when recounting the screaming that marked the public hearings.

    Tsui, 52, has run into similar hurdles across the bay. His portfolio includes two San Francisco projects – neither of which was approved

  3. > Robert always knew that he could do something with the bottles. It came to him in a dream. Instantly one morning when he awoke he had an image in his mind of what all that plastic could build.
    > This style is quite unique to the world, as many people have used plastic in buildings, but none like this. He came up with a metal frame, which is filled with the plastic bottles. The bottles act as insulation and are an excellent material that is easy to work with. Over 10 thousand bottles were used to build the first home.
    the temperature difference between outside and inside wall of a plastic bottle home is 17C cooler, making our homes extremely energy saving.

    In addition, our unique panel techniques makes our structures earthquake resistant, as the panels flex lightly and release energy.

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