G-pod's new expandable, portable shipping container home, Dwell, is heading into production. The Australia and Hong Kong-based company has revealed that the latest addition to its range of modular transportable pods will be able to expand to almost three times its in-transit floorplan and will be able to operate either on or off the grid. Units will be retailing from $49,000, and its sister model the Pop, a transportable and expandable pop-up retail or hospitality unit, starts at just $19,000.
True to its container heritage, the Dwell can be relocated anywhere a shipping container can be delivered. Once in situ, the unit takes around three hours to set up, with pack down taking the same amount of time. Setup involves manually pushing out three sides of the container, or there’s an optional push-button hydraulic system available. G-pod claims setup can be handled by one person, but looking at the video, we’re pretty sure many hands make lighter work! Specs reveal the amazing expansion capabilities of the unit: The original 20-foot container in transport mode has just under 12.5 square meters of internal area. The internals expand to 18 square meters and with the addition of the external areas at 16.8 square meters, the finished structure has a total footprint of 34.8 square meters.
Much of the additional space comes from the deck, which is formed by manually lowering one long side of the container. The Dwell comes complete with a small barbecue and a lightweight aluminium outdoor bench seat, so you can relax with a cook out under the awning after setting up. Inside, the Dwell is compact but functional and packed with features, including an office nook and a seven kilogram washing machine. All interior joinery is made from bamboo, lighting is LED, the bed is queen sized and fitted with organic cotton sheets, and water heating is an instantaneous gas service. The Dwell also offers several optional extras, including solar power with up to 12 panels and three days’ storage capability, a roof-top garden, a composting toilet, and rainwater collection in the form of a 6,500 liter collection bladder.
In addition to the transportable versatility of the unit, the Dwell pods are designed to work together, with multiple units joined by decking to provide single, couple, family or group living accommodation. The Dwell pods can be purposed for something as simple as a self-contained studio or accommodation in a backyard to large-scale accommodation and services infrastructure for mining camps or the military. G-pod also offers various glazing, insulation and screening options to suit different environments, and they say the units can be used “from the Australian desert to the ski-fields of Japan.”
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