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New Zealand-produced port-a-bach, made by Wellington company Atelier Workshop from shipping containers, are reviewed in multi-medium technology magazine Gizmag, which describes the relocatable dwellings as “the perfect home for a disaster situation.” All that is required is 40 square metres of relatively flat ground and six concrete pads to serve as foundations. “If we were to manufacture specifically for a natural disaster scenario, we’d use a different set of modules inside the container”, designer Cecile Bonnifait told Gizmag. “We can also manufacture specifically to specific requirements,” Bonnifait said. “If for example, you wanted to have no kitchen and more beds, or the complete sustainable unit with solar panels and all modern conveniences, we can work to any specification. The $100,000 price is for the basic unit, and we have a broad range of modular designs for different needs.” Atelier directors Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen met in France and have been working in New Zealand for more than five years.