The first civilian model I ever saw was on a movie set where I was cranking the teleprompter machine for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Hummer rolled up like an angular reptile, the door opened with a gust of smoke, and Arnold strode out munching away on his cigar. From that moment on, I decided that anyone who needed to drain that much gas from our limited supply was a nimrod narcissist.
Like the brontosaurus, Hummers are destined for extinction, although narcissists may remain a little longer. When international architect Ted Hyman sent me the news item that a Los Angeles-based design firm had created a reuse prototype for houses built from wrecked Hummers, my spirits soared.
Conversions that hum in the dark
The founding architects of HPlusF, Craig Hodgetts and HsinMing Fung, discovered that the sheet metal body shells of wrecked Hummers were still strong enough to use in the construction of … the HummerHaus!
Reuse architecture with an attitude
The HummerHaus is comprised of eight ex-Hummer body shells. Writers at Mother Nature Network report that the HummerHaus sleeps eight, features innovative soy-based insulation, roof-top solar power arrays, geothermal HVAC, and gray water recycling. In short, HPlusF took the most obvious symbol of waste and extravagance and converted it into the ultimate green home. Revenge is ours!
The monster walks among us
Unfortunately, you can still order yourself a Hummer (and when gas finally runs out, you can park it and make your own HummerHaus where it stands.) I found that the Hummer II is still available at Hummer.com. The sales pitch is exceptionally underwhelming:
“IN A WORLD WHERE SUVS HAVE BEGUN TO LOOK LIKE THEIR OWNERS, complete with love handles and mushy seats, the H2 SUV proves that there is still one out there that can drop and give you 20. And with a more spacious, comfortable interior and a host of standard features, the H2 strikes a perfect balance between interior comfort, on-road capability and off-road capability. $64,964.”
No doubt, someone will consider this a suitable HummerHaus: