It can be put together in just 7 hours!
The Estonian firm Kodasema has developed KODA house, a tiny, solar-powered prefabricated home, made primarily of concrete. It can be disassembled in as little as four hours and thanks to its solid structure, it can be assembled on different surfaces (gravel, asphalt and others) in just 7 hours, without the additional work of digging up the ground and laying foundations. Actually, the word "koda" in esthonian refers to a fast-built hut used by ancient nomads. KODA has a very small footprint, being little more than 25 m² (269 ft²). Even so, it is spacious enough to be used as a city centre residence, a lakeside summer house, a cosy café, an office, workshop, studio or even a classroom. Each home uses just 9 m3 (317 ft3) of concrete in total and, at the end of its life, components can be disassembled and reused easily. All different parts are built at Kodasema's factory in Harkujärve and will be transported to sites via trailer where they will be assembled by crane like a 3D puzzle.
Equipped with ‘green’ innovations
The house is designed with hookups for water, electricity and sewerage, but it can also be used off the grid for short periods of time. The use of smart systems, the vacuum-insulated concrete walls, quadruple glazing, innovative LED lighting and an architecture that makes maximum use of the sun minimize energy demands and help maintain a comfortable internal temperature. Moreover, the KODA’s rooftop solar panels are expected to produce more energy than the unit will consume on a yearly basis!
The house in details
The furnished house will come in three different models: "Koda for Living," "Koda for Studying," and "Koda for Working", and will function as homes, classrooms and offices respectively, according to Kodasema's co-founder, Taavi Jakobson, who adds that "Koda for Living" has everything you need in a home: a living space, bathroom, kitchen, and lofted bed. The kitchen has an oven, stovetop, drawers, and cabinets. On the right side of the kitchen, a door leads to a bathroom with a toilet and a shower. Upstairs, there is a lofted full-size bed. The front side of the Koda is made of four-layered glass, and if owners want privacy, they can close the floor-to-ceiling curtain.
Interested in buying?
150 units of KODA houses will become available to order online in Estonia in late 2017, with prices likely to start at €120,000 (or about $132,500) for a furnished one. The company’s production rate is estimated to be three Kodas a week and sales might expand abroad if they can manage to ramp up production.
Source: Business Insider