The design that funked up the concept of the "pre-fab home" is for sale by auction. e-BODE, a prototype built for the Houses of the Future exhibition in 2004, was later displayed on the Opera House forecourt then moved to Sydney’s Olympic Park.
The 51-square-metre house – about the size of most one-bedroom apartments – includes a wealth of built-in sustainable initiatives including "Water Hog" tanks within the floor structure and a 5000-litre slimline corrugated steel water tank.
The environmentally friendly pre-fabricated houses are built in Albury through Modabode, the brainchild of Sydney architects Sarah Bickford and Paul Lucas.
Features include a lightweight steel shell, separate oversailing roof, louvre windows and cross-ventilation, insulation, rainwater tanks and AAA-rated taps. Tony Lewis of Jurd’s Real Estate expects the house to sell for about $70,000.