Kodasema is an architecture and engineering company that creates innovative living and housing solutions. Named KODA after the Estonian word for a local, traditional hut dating back to the third millennium BC, the line of tiny homes encapsulates "minimalist luxury in a spaciously sustainable house."
The company hopes that its prefabricated homes will solve issues of high housing costs and unused urban spaces in many Western cities. Their homes are small in size but big on design, with lofted living areas and sleek wood finishes.
Kodasema, which is based outside of Tallinn in Harkujärve, Estonia, now offers four different models: the Koda Concrete, the Koda Light, the Koda Light Extended, and the Koda Light Float. These homes can be combined, used as main residences or accessory dwellings, or even laid out like a village, as seen at their KODA Village. Read on for a look at each of KODA's prefab homes.
The flagship KODA covers 282 square feet and features an open living room, a full-size lofted sleeping area with a bathroom tucked underneath, a kitchenette, and a terrace shaded by a concrete canopy. Three exterior walls are constructed out of thin composite concrete panels, while the forth wall is made of quadruple-pane glazing. The KODA Concrete is specifically designed to soak up natural light, keep out external noise, and promote healthy living.
The interiors are outfitted with wood and other non-toxic materials, filters to catch airborne dust and allergens, and LED lighting with adjustable tone and brightness. Each home also includes a ventilation system with a heat exchanger for up to 95 percent heat recovery of exhaust air, and a keyless door system.
The KODA Light draws upon the thoughtful layout and general form of the KODA Concrete; however, it’s clad in different materials that make it much lighter—and therefore more mobile. The Koda Light has high ceilings, a lofted bedroom with a bathroom underneath, and an open kitchenette. Its structure is made of steel-reinforced timber and its exterior can be finished with wood, steel, or composite paneling.
Kodasema offers a range of interior finishes for the KODA Light, and the home has two punched windows that bring in even more natural light. A second unit can be installed on the home's roof, or the space can be set up as a rooftop garden with ladder access.
The KODA Light Extended takes advantage of the timber structure of the KODA Light and enlarges the design to include an extra room at the back of the house. Wood cladding and light-colored finishes bring a Nordic feel to the interior and exterior, and the larger size allows for more privacy, storage, and a completely separate sleeping area. This frees up the mezzanine for use as a guest room, office, kid’s room, or additional storage.
The home's flexible layout can provide two separate office spaces (think a waiting room and office for lawyers, hairdressers, etc), and there’s also the possibility to install an extra door or terrace off the back of the house.
Want to live the life aquatic? There's even a KODA that floats on water! The company envisions the KODA Light Float sited on a favorite harbor, lake, or even an urban canal. The floating home could function as an artist’s studio, a home, a harbor cafe, a retreat, or even a fisherman’s cabin.
Like other KODA models, finishes and cladding can be selected from a variety of options—including timber, zinc, or composite exteriors in a range of colors.
Unfortunately, KODA homes are not currently available in North America, as Kodasema is still searching for distributors, but they're currently open to discussions with potential partners.
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