Nestled in the Garfield Historic District of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, this contemporary rehabilitation of a dismantled 1955 grain silo is challenging conventions of what ‘home’ is. Not only did design architect Christoph Kaiser of Christoph Kaiser LLC develop the concept and design, he also personally funded the project, demonstrating the potentials of urban renewal and “upcycling”.
When Christoph discovered a Kansas farmer’s dismantled silo for sale on the internet, the dream of creating an ultra compact yet comfortable living environment with inexpensive and untapped resources was born. Assembling a found ‘kit of parts’ small enough to be transported in the back of a pickup truck that would result in a comfortable, modern and unique home was a very appealing design challenge from a sustainability and economic point of view. The transformation of the agricultural silo into an urban dwelling was finished in late 2013.