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Fuel storage tank transformed into novel micro-shelter

Fuel storage tank transformed ...
The Bunker measures 3 m (9.84 ft)-long and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter
The Bunker measures 3 m (9.84 ft)-long and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter
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The aptly-named Bunker definitely wouldn't suit claustrophobic types
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The aptly-named Bunker definitely wouldn't suit claustrophobic types
The Bunker is made from an old diesel tank
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The Bunker is made from an old diesel tank
Architectural images of the Bunker
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Architectural images of the Bunker
Marro sourced a fuel tank from his local area in Córdoba, Argentina, that was buried underground for 70 years next to a small roadside service station
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Marro sourced a fuel tank from his local area in Córdoba, Argentina, that was buried underground for 70 years next to a small roadside service station
From the exterior, the Bunker looks much like a standard fuel storage tank
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From the exterior, the Bunker looks much like a standard fuel storage tank
The Bunker measures 3 m (9.84 ft)-long and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter
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The Bunker measures 3 m (9.84 ft)-long and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter
The aptly-named Bunker definitely wouldn't suit claustrophobic types
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The aptly-named Bunker definitely wouldn't suit claustrophobic types
The Bunker includes a wall-mounted TV and wooden shelving, as well as photos mounted on the walls and ceiling
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The Bunker includes a wall-mounted TV and wooden shelving, as well as photos mounted on the walls and ceiling
The Bunker includes a small skylight for natural light
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The Bunker includes a small skylight for natural light
Architectural images of the Bunker
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Architectural images of the Bunker
The Bunker was installed at an art fair in Córdoba, Argentina, in late 2018
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The Bunker was installed at an art fair in Córdoba, Argentina, in late 2018
The Bunker is accessed by a hatch 
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The Bunker is accessed by a hatch 
From the exterior, the Bunker looks much like a standard fuel storage tank
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From the exterior, the Bunker looks much like a standard fuel storage tank
The Bunker was placed outside Marro's family home for a while in 2017
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The Bunker was placed outside Marro's family home for a while in 2017
Marro sourced a fuel tank from his local area in Córdoba, Argentina, that was buried underground for 70 years next to a small roadside service station
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Marro sourced a fuel tank from his local area in Córdoba, Argentina, that was buried underground for 70 years next to a small roadside service station

We've covered a lot of very small dwellings here at New Atlas, but this has to be one of the tiniest yet. Created from an old diesel fuel tank, the aptly-named Bunker definitely wouldn't suit claustrophobic types but includes lighting, shelving, and a bed.

Bunker brings to mind the professor who lived in a dumpster and came about when Argentinian artist and architect Martín Marro was inspired by the memory of the home he grew up in that happened to be converted from a roadside service station.

Marro sourced a fuel tank in his local area in Córdoba, Argentina, that was buried underground for 70 years next to a small roadside service station. Working with his brother, he cut it open and began to transform it into a cabin by adding ventilation, glazing, and an entrance, before installing lighting and electrical hookups.

The Bunker is made from an old diesel tank
The Bunker is made from an old diesel tank

The structure measures 3 m (9.84 ft)-long and 1.5 m (5 ft) in diameter. From the exterior, it looks pretty much like a standard fuel storage tank and is painted in yellow.

The Bunker was placed outside Marro's family home for a while in 2017 and was also installed in an art fair in Córdoba in late 2018. In the future, additional exhibitions in Argentina are likely and the architect would also like to purchase his former family home, which is currently up for sale, and recreate the service station as an artistic installation with a residential element.

Source: Martín Marro [in Spanish]

1 comment
TomLeeM
I think that is really neat. I think it would be a great retreat or cabin to relax in.