New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in collaboration with Japanese designer Takahiro Fukuda, they have extended their experimentation with tanks with Taku Tanku — “a traveling little house” made from two 3,000 liter water tanks.
The lightweight, caravan-like design can be pulled by a bicycle or a car, and can even be lifted by just one or two people. It can also float and has the potential to be towed by a boat. The Taku Tanku is fabricated from two reclaimed water tanks connected by a ring of cobia wood that frames the entrance way, and rests on a two-wheeled base.
The interior can sleep two to three people, though there are no cooking or bathroom facilities. There is, however, a small underfloor storage area beneath the cypress wood flooring, as well as solar-powered LED lighting and fans, and hatch windows for ventilation. The Taku Tanka was a competition entry, and is designed to be eco-friendly and easily constructed from off-the-shelf and recycled materials. In addition to being a cute and desirable little portable dwelling, the design was envisioned “as a sculpture that celebrates the vital role of water in our lives.”
Images by Stereotank