Today, meet a tiny trailer-bound abode that stands out from the similarly compact pack.
At night, solar-powered LEDs illuminate the boxy cabin-on-the-go while a trio of hatch skylights along with six small porthole windows fill it with natural light — and fresh air — during the daylight hours.
The creation of New York City-by-way-of-Venezuela-based architecture firm Stereotank (the studio has previously dabbled in the design of Little Free Libraries and “bicycle-powered sound machines") in partnership with Takahiro Fukuda, Taku-Tanku was designed for the Little House Competition in Saitama, Japan.
Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente of Stereotank are currently seeking funding for an effort to develop a Taku-Tanku prototype unit. Gizmag notes that such a prototype, built on the cheap using both reclaimed and off-the-shelf materials, would cost in the ballpark of $8,000 to $10,000.
However cute, clever, and colorful, I do have doubts about Taku-Tanku evolving beyond a design prototype given its extremely limited habitability — it's difficult to classify it as a true tiny house (plus the whole plastic thing gives me pause). But as a one-off conversation piece promoting downsized living a la One-Sqm-House, the concept does have its merits.
Via [Gizmag], [Designboom],
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