This $125,000 ‘Airship’ tiny home looks like a spaceship and is fully self sufficient — see inside

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

  • The Airship002 is a two-person home made out of aluminum in the Scottish highlands.

  • The futuristic structure is available for rent on Airbnb for $185 per night in Scotland, and the original Airship can be rented in Sussex, England.

  • The modular building can be customized, and will likely be available for about $125,000.

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An aluminum tiny home that looks like a grounded spaceship is available to rent on Airbnb. The Airship002, designed by Roderick James Architects, is an aluminum pod-style structure with a side made up of windows.

There are actually two Airships for rent on Airbnb — one in Sussex, England, and the other in the Scottish Highlands. At just over 400 square feet, these small homes have the potential to be fully self-sustaining, with a roof that catches rainwater, a wood stove, and a composting toilet. 

Roderick James Architecture focuses on informal, fun buildings, and says that it tries to avoid typical square rooms. This design philosophy plays out in the Airship, which looks like a cross between a spaceship and a submarine that somehow found it’s way to scenic Scotland. Here’s what it looks like. 

Roderick James Architects says that the Airship can serve as temporary housing, or a more permanent living space.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Depending on the location, it can sit on concrete slabs, oak sleepers, or just rest on the ground.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Like in many tiny homes, customization and mobility were important to the designers.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

They made sure that the entire structure can be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere, and each piece of the frame can be carried by only two people.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The entire structure weighs a relatively light 3.5 tons.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

It’s about 30 feet by 14 feet, or 420 square feet.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The Airship is made of aluminum and stainless steel, which make it able to withstand weather without rusting or rotting.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The exterior can also be outfitted with painted timber for a more rustic appearance.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Portholes along the sides add ventilation and additional views.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The real highlight of the tiny home is the wall of window panes, giving the resident access to amazing views.

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Airship 002.

Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

It looks like the deck of a spaceship…

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

…where a visitor can take in views of the Sound of Mull.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The Airbnb listing suggests guests “gaze at the twinkling constellations under a cosy tartan blanket.”

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The listing also clarifies that the home has no curtains or blinds, although guests likely wouldn’t want to miss out on the best feature, anyway.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Inside, the Airship can comfortably fit two people.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Floor to ceiling window panes are insulated so you can enjoy the scenery in any weather.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The interior is divide into two rooms, a bedroom and a living room, plus a kitchen and bathroom against one side.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The galley worktop and nautical decor, plus portholes give the feeling of being on a ship.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The bedroom has a double bed with storage underneath, and a curtain for privacy.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

It also has space for a table and chairs or a child’s mattress.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The kitchen is impressive for the size of the home.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

It has storage and an island with a pullout table…

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

…plus a wood stove for heating.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The living room has built-in storage and a couch, which can be converted to a double bed.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The Airship’s roof is designed to collect rainwater for use inside.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

For the shower, the wood stove can be outfitted to provide hot water, or solar panels or a generator can be used.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The Airship includes a composting toilet, which can be used to fertilize land around the house.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

The house can have photovoltaic electric panels and batteries, a small Honda generator, or a combination of the two.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Staying in an Airship is a unique way to take in the views in comfort, even from bed.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Right now, both Airships are Airbnb rentals, but Roderick James Architects emphasizes their versatility. They could be a “home, office, workshop, hideaway, classroom,” or even added onto a city roof, with proper permits.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Placed on a float, the Airship could potentially work on water, too.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Because they are modular, the design could be customized to be larger and accommodate two bedrooms.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Within Scotland, the designers will deliver the Airship to the nearest road access and put it up on the site.

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Photo by Woody James. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

It can either be delivered as just the shell for customization, or the fully furnished unit.

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Photo by Woody James. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Designers say the base price will likely be around $125,000, with additional expenses for add-ons.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

Right now, Airships cannot be sold internationally, although designers say that this may change soon.

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Photo by Nigel Rigden. Design by Roderick James Architects LLP.

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