A smarter, sleeker, simpler micro house

 

former professor/ current micro housing ceo jeff wilson and his team at kasita have developed a modular, versatile, and transportable living unit self titled- kasita. the idea for the project came about after he spent an entire year living in a 33 ft2 dumpster to experiment with the possibilities and challenges of living in an extremely constricted space and come up with solutions to increase its functionality without compromising comfort. the modular pods measuring roughly 31′ x 12′ can be fitted to serve almost any function- home, workspace, pop-up commercial space – and can be installed almost anywhere and on any terrain. the project provides a sustainable, cost and space efficient solution for a growing population and changing lifestyles. 

the concept could exist in just about any context around the world
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each unit contains the essentials for a home, a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, and storage space, as well as the ‘cube’ which is a glass-clad projection the provides views and natural light into the home. every part of the house serves at least one function, maximizing the efficiency of the space and allowing the inhabitant to determine their own aesthetic for living. the concept also suggests a new form of real estate, with the module small enough to fit on the back of a truck, when the owner wants to move they can take their exact same home with them and install it into a new location. a kasita can exist individually or clustered with others to make vertical structures as a modular apartment complex, adding to the usability in almost any urban context. 

at the entrance located at one end of the rectangular footprint opens into a more concealed area naturally lit by slender clerestory windows. this space contains primarily the bathroom and kitchen area. raising the entry section provides for underfloor storage and leads to a sunken living/bedroom area that enjoys a taller space and more open feel. the cube is in turn raised off the ground once more providing further storage and a secondary space for various other activities. energy is provided by directly plugging into any grid but could also be powered through renewable energies, with engineered energy loads to properly run the space.

with stackable versions reaching the end of development, the units would be better suited to exist in urban environments

the bedroom serves a dual purpose as the living room area as well
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when folded up, the bedroom serves as living space
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the cube window at one end of the house provides plenty of natural light and ventilation as well as views
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a compact but contemporary kitchen provides all cooking needs
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floor plan
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From Designboom