Despite looking like something straight out of Star Wars – Icosa Village’s collection of “Pod” prefab shelters are actually very down-to-earth. The pods are practical, affordable, and easy-to-build, with the pieces snapping together like Erector Sets. Starting around $2000, the Bucky-inspired dymaxion shelters are super cheap, and are designed to be used for a variety of recreational, promotional, and humanitarian uses.

Icosapods has a Tsunami Relief Program, providing Icosapods at low cost to help in the South-Asian tsunami reconstruction effort.

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  1. babsgal October 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I have been fully prepared to buy 20 of these units to be placed on Mars. My investors and I agreed that these would be easy to transport and would not make significant visual impact on the surroundings of the plane. However, the company would not negotiate the shipping charges. Huge disappointment I’ll tell ya. Huge!

  2. gayguynyc December 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    where does the bathroom go- literally!

  3. DrBigfoot August 6, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I had tried for years to obtain some of these. Wanted to use for summer shelter for Alaskan remote tours and was attempting to set up a stockpile of relief supplies. NUMEROUS times tried to purchase but kept getting put off, delays, re-designs, not currently in manufacture…sold out for burning man… each and every time they were willing to take deposits up-front but never able to purchase for cold-hard-cash-money at shipment.

    Love the idea and the concept is perfect for my original plans in Alaska (now utilize about 40-45 Yurts instead) and FEMA seems to be no longer interested (200 units) post Katrina.

    Did I mention that I attempted to purchase starting in the late 90’s?! Never able to get even one.

    Organizationally, if the business end is brought current, the product should follow swiftly behind! Too bad as I feel this product had EXCELLENT potential; just poor management.

    Will keep checking back every year or so to see what happened with the original company and if they ever decide to sell patents and dies etc if they are not willing to produce…

  4. Todd August 13, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Here’s their contact information, according to
    Icosa Village Inc.
    83 Eucalyptus road
    Berkley, CA 94705
    Phone: 510-594-1174

  5. Wayne Moors August 12, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Has anyone been able to find out if this is and active site? I would certainly be interested in buying some as beach rental units. I would also be interested in pricing and sizes.

    Wayne Moors
    American Samoa

  6. georgina jacobs May 17, 2007 at 11:12 am

    is this an active, working site. or a big dead end need to buy shelters asap.

  7. favorita da beira April 24, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    we already contact thepod at 3 years ago. we need prices and conditions asap, about the DECAPOD ICOPOD SHADE POD GROWPOD. CAN YOU HELP US? THKS IN ADVANCE

  8. ken mangum April 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    more info and prices please

  9. Raphael Delstanche February 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    I am seriously considering to buy half a dozen of Icosa village pods for an ecolodge in Chile but I cannot find an active website or contact. Maybe someone can help?

  10. Juliet Beynon January 29, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Did anyone find a LIVE Icosa Village website?

  11. Pat Greene December 26, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    Why does this website appear to be dead? Are you actually in production or is this just a concept idea? I would consider buying one if the concept is actually in production and what are the sizes and price ranges?

  12. victoria d'angelo December 15, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    I’m interested in knowing more about the composition of these structures and cost. I’m looking to house a pc of printing equipment within a larger facility but need a more sterile, temp and humidity controlable area. Need an interior area of around 200 sq ft. How small do they come? Is this a sensible solution? Height is no problem. Can heating or temp controls be added? Exhaust?
    Thanks, I look forward to your reply.

  13. Taylor September 16, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    Hey where did these guys go…their site is dead, and I want one!!!!

  14. Ruth Hill February 1, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Love your site! Thanks! A fellow designer.

  15. Theron January 25, 2006 at 10:27 am


    while this dohicky looks realy cool, the yurt is still 100 times cheaper, capable of being made from sheet plastic / felt blankets and thin sticks (woven into a lative)

    and yes, a yurt will forld into a backpak

    however, A) i dont think they set out to remake the yurt, im only playing around B) I wouldnt build a yurt in my backyard for fun.

    One of the best aspects is the integrated windows, something the mongols dont seem to peturbed about

  16. Barry Turner January 23, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    21st Century Yurt for the 21st Century Nomad.

    I want one!!

    But will it fold in my rucksack or is that the next thing on the design list?

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