A Network of Prefab Tiny Homes Allows Users to "Pay as You Live"

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Smart, sustainable, and minimalistic—these "location-independent, pay-as-you-live" prefab tiny homes introduce a new genre of urban living.

In an attempt to tackle rising housing prices among heavily congested cities, the team behind Berlin–based Cabin Spacey has created a project known as the Minimal House, which is a network of easily accessible tiny homes across the world. Designed with the urban nomad in mind, this new way of housing caters to the desire for nomadic freedom by providing people the chance to explore living in various destinations for as long—or as little—as he or she likes.

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Manufactured in a factory offsite, the 370-square-foot house can comfortably fit two people.

Manufactured in a factory offsite, the 370-square-foot house can comfortably fit two people.

"For urban nomads, the minimal house is the perfect choice: it’s easy to transport, easy to install, and can be easily hooked up to existing utilities and infrastructures, whether unused roof, urban wasteland, or parking lot," explains Becker, co-founder of Cabin Spacey. 

The home's modular design is composed of an outer shell and an interior core unit that contains essential living functions, such as a bed, bathroom, and a small kitchenette.

The home's modular design is composed of an outer shell and an interior core unit that contains essential living functions, such as a bed, bathroom, and a small kitchenette.

"In order to create a high quality, stand-alone architectural product ready for mass production, we’re absolutely focusing on one single module in one-size-fits-all dimensions," Becker continues to note. 

The Cabin Spacey team.

The Cabin Spacey team.

Even though the house can be connected to the city grid, it also has solar panels that collect energy from the sun and can produce its own energy.

Even though the house can be connected to the city grid, it also has solar panels that collect energy from the sun and can produce its own energy.

Intelligently crafted from high-quality, sustainable materials, this Cabin Spacey tiny house is also energy efficient, and equipped with smart home technology.

Intelligently crafted from high-quality, sustainable materials, this Cabin Spacey tiny house is also energy efficient, and equipped with smart home technology.

A four-person dining table is sited near the large picture window on the wider end of the house.

A four-person dining table is sited near the large picture window on the wider end of the house.

Steps with built-in drawers lead up to the sleeping loft.

Steps with built-in drawers lead up to the sleeping loft.

The bench along the window can be transformed into a guest bed.

The bench along the window can be transformed into a guest bed.

A built-in coffee machine in the kitchenette.

A built-in coffee machine in the kitchenette.

The kitchenette includes a fridge, laundry machine, an integrated coffee machine, and a regular-size cooktop.

The kitchenette includes a fridge, laundry machine, an integrated coffee machine, and a regular-size cooktop.

Under the bed platform is a large wardrobe, storage spaces, and a USB docking station.

Under the bed platform is a large wardrobe, storage spaces, and a USB docking station.

The lofted bedroom features a king-size Casper Mattress, and a skylight window that allows for idyllic stargazing at night. 

The lofted bedroom features a king-size Casper Mattress, and a skylight window that allows for idyllic stargazing at night. 

The bright bathroom is fitted with skylight windows, and is equipped with Grohe fixtures and a walk-in rain shower. 

The bright bathroom is fitted with skylight windows, and is equipped with Grohe fixtures and a walk-in rain shower. 

On the wall below the bed is a dashboard that enables wireless control of the living room. This dashboard has a smart mirror with face and gesture recognition, intelligent heating control by Tado°, and is paired with the Sonos sound system, Phillips Hue Lighting system, Amazon Echo system, and the house’s Kiwi.ki smart lock system.

On the wall below the bed is a dashboard that enables wireless control of the living room. This dashboard has a smart mirror with face and gesture recognition, intelligent heating control by Tado°, and is paired with the Sonos sound system, Phillips Hue Lighting system, Amazon Echo system, and the house’s Kiwi.ki smart lock system.

Click to learn more about the Cabin Spacey Minimal House

Project Credits:

Architecture and design: CABIN SPACEY GmbH / @cabinspacey

Builder: VariaHome Manufactur