Two women from Even Yehuda, Israel, seem to have found a practical solution to the country’s growing housing problem. They have taken a beat-down public transportation bus and turned it into a luxury home anyone would be lucky to live in.
Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two looked for a creative project and joint business idea for a long time, before finding their inspiration in the pages of a women’s style magazine. “I read an article about alternative housing solutions, such as containers and tents,” Shaul told Xnet, “and suggested Hagit and I turn an old bus into a living space.” That same week, they went to a scrapyard and bought an old public transportation bus. After stripping away all the seats and clearing up the space for the big transformation, Tali and Hagit found themselves wondering whether to keep the original outlay of the bus or turn it into a container-like space. Unable to make a decision on heir own, they reached out to their designer friend, Vered Sofer Drori, who ultimately found a way to keep the bus’ general layout and design the living space around it.
Working around the unusual dimensions of the bus – two meters wide and 12 feet long – and the interior protrusions of the wheels was a big challenge, but ultimately they managed to keep the authenticity of the original vehicle while integrating their own living space design ideas. The windows and doors of the bus were left as they were, as was the large steering wheel, but they also found a way of installing a small bathroom, a bed, closet and a functional kitchen. The bus home features all the necessary appliances, including a stove and air-conditioning, plenty of storage space for one person and some pretty cool decorations. Tali and Hagit hope to sell their unique mobile home to someone who appreciates their unconventional design, for example to a student who wants to live close to his parents, but not with his parents.
Photos: Lior Danzig