Estonian design collective Kodasema just launched KODA, a tiny prefabricated house with big goals for tackling the UK’s affordable housing crisis. Crafted with factory precision, the modern home pops up in as little as a day – and it comes with solar panels and built-in smart home systems. The KODA house just hit the market in the UK with a starting price of £150,000.
A £150,000 micro home might seem like an odd solution for the housing crisis, but John O’Brien, Associate Director for Construction Innovation at Kodasema, says that the KODA’s reusable multipurpose design gives it a big cost advantage. The unit’s ease of mobility and installation—no foundations needed—allows owners to reuse KODA in different sites and situations, whether it’s to move it to a new location or transformation from a summer home to a classroom. The tiny KODA also can also pop up in unused yet prime locations in cities such as London. The price includes the cost of planning and building regulations, delivery, site preparation, installation, and connection to water, electricity, and sewage.
“The simple yet effective design could help alleviate the pressures of the housing crisis on local authorities, providing temporary homes or workspaces on empty sites,” said O’Brien. “This trend of short-term use of derelict land, which can be left untouched for years, even during the planning stages, is becoming more common, especially in London. KODA would provide a cost-effective option to house those on the waiting list for affordable accommodation or offer temporary rental apartments for young professionals, students and those looking to downsize.”
The 25-square-meter KODA makes the most of its small footprint with a full-height quadruple-glazed window that fills the wood-lined living space with natural light and creates a sense of spaciousness. A 3.5-meter-wide outdoor terrace as well as an indoor living, kitchen, and dining area are located in the front of the building, while the rear is reserved for the bathroom and mezzanine bedroom. The solar-powered home is equipped with smart-home features for systems such as alarms, programmable LED lighting, and climate control. Thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls wrap around KODA to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.
The KODA recently debuted in the UK at BRE Innovation Park, a research facility in Watford for full-scale demonstrations of low-carbon and sustainable housing. Kodasema plans to release multistory, stackable KODA modules in 2018. The design collective is also a recent winner of the WAN Urban Challenge 2017, a global ideas competition for solutions to London’s housing crisis.