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Last edited 16 Oct 2017
In July 2016, the Estonian design collective Kodasema unveiled KODA, their prototype for an innovative mobile house.
The small prefabricated unit is designed to allow residents to relocate in less than a day.
In June 2017, it was announced that BRE would be collaborating with the embassy of Estonia to launch the KODA house in London. This follows the design being a winner of WAN Urban Challenge 2017, a global ideas competition with a focus on London’s housing crisis.
With a footprint of only 25 sq. m, KODA contains an open-plan living space and mezzanine bedroom, as well as a glazed frontage and built-in terrace.
The building's quadruple-glazed facade serves to maximise natural light while preventing heat loss.
Directly behind the glazing is a small lounge area, with a kitchen and bathroom set towards the back of the unit to allow more privacy. The sleeping area, which is just big enough for a bed, is reached via a ladder from the kitchen.
Although occupants are encouraged to find a site with suitable water, sewage and electricity provision, the house is designed to generate and conserve its own energy. This enables it to be used in remote settings for short periods of time. Roof-mounted solar panels are intended to return more power than is used to the grid.
Kodasema said: "Much of our quality of life depends on both our home and its location meeting our needs. When choosing where to live however, we may take risks on both fronts. It can be difficult to make major changes to a conventional home as inconvenient and extensive repairs are often involved, or even full demolition and reconstruction.
"In our minds KODA can become whatever you want – a city-centre home, a lakeside summer house, a cosy café, an office, workshop or studio or even a classroom. Its clever design provides the inspiration to make best use of every square inch of space and envisage how the built-in components, even the walls, can be adjusted to meet their purpose most effectively."
With the London launch, BRE hope that KODA will shake up the property market by providing a high-end space that can be used as a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, an office, workshop or studio or even a classroom.
Content courtesy of Kodasema.
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