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The Lifepod: Yurt of the Future for the Modern Nomad

Posted By Haily Zaki On September 4, 2008 @ 6:40 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing,San Francisco | 9 Comments

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If the idea of escape seems all the more enticing now that the rest of the world is caught in the back-to-school [1] rush, here’s another amazing prefab remedy for your wanderlust. Escape to the beach, the mountains or the trees in San Francisco-based Kyu Che [2]‘s sustainable Lifepod [3]. Loosely based on the traditional Mongolian ger [4] (or ‘yur [5]t’ as the Russian translation goes), the Lifepod is at once organic and high-tech. Built to be highly portable, the Lifepod is a fully functioning, off-the-grid [6] mini capsule for modern nomadic living.


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Originally conceived in 1997, Lifepods [3] are constructed using the most advanced 21st century automotive, aeronautic, nautical and RV technologies. Inspired by roaming mammals, the futuristic prefabs are designed as ‘quadrupedal fuselages’ with footings that can adjust to the contours of their environs, rather than disfiguring the landscape to fit to the house. All the modular pieces fit into a 40 ft container and can be shipped anywhere around the world. Using state-of-the-art technology, you and your Lifepod can roam the world [7] un-tethered and off-the-grid.

Should your inner nomad be perfectly content with a zen staycation, Kyu Che also offers a Lifepod capsule [8] that can be fitted with minimalist screen or glass doors and used as a sculptural garden retreat, tea house, or sanctuary from the madness of daily life.

+ Lifepod [3]

Via be seen.com [9]


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URLs in this post:

[1] back-to-school: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/27/back-to-school-top-5-green-backpacks-book-bags/

[2] Kyu Che: http://www.kyuche.com/home.html

[3] Lifepod: http://www.kyuche.com/lifepod08.html

[4] ger: http://www.bluepeak.net/mongolia/ger.html

[5] yur: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/25/ecoshack-nomad-yurt/

[6] off-the-grid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/15/monier-off-the-grid-house-by-ackert-architecture/

[7] roam the world: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/22/rolling-huts-by-olson-sundberg-kundig-allen-architects/

[8] Lifepod capsule: http://newlangtonarts.org/mem24a4.htm

[9] be seen.com: http://been-seen.com/article.cfm?id=10473

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