When it comes to practical scenarios for most of us, the scope of sustainable living goes beyond the integration of ‘expensive’ green technologies. In essence, the ambit of solar and wind-based technologies is not really tailored to cramped apartments inhabited by professionals who tend to change their cities and workplaces. In these circumstances, reducing one’s carbon footprint is of more importance for sustainability. The good news is, the above pictured Kasita (design headed by by Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka Professor Dumpster) is conceived for such a professional class of people. Envisioned as a smart micro-home that can be stacked along with similar units, the core design marries the spatial advantage of tiny houses and the collective nature of shipping container homes.
In terms of area, the Kasita comprises just 208 sq ft (19 sq m) of floor space that incorporates conventional spatial zones, like a kitchenette, bathroom, study and even a lounge. These are complemented by amenities that include the kitchen set of a refrigerator, convection oven and cook-top; a laundry set of washer/dryer; and a queen-size bed that can be easily rolled in (and out). The designers have also covered the personalized factor by allowing the users to choose modular units that encompass storage and furnishings. And moreover, all of these aspects are accompanied by a stylish balcony-like arrangement with its cantilevered glass facades.
As for the ‘smart’ feature of the Kasita, the micro-home boasts automated attributes that can be controlled (and personalized) by the user. For example, you can set things up that allows the habitat to turn on and adjust the air-conditioning unit and lights – once you have made your entry inside the unit. Furthermore, an accompanying music playlist can be queued in accordance to your preference, while you regulate the rolling in (and out) of your bed by just voice commands.
However, beyond the smart factor, it is the ‘movable’ nature of this micro-home that might tickle the fancy of many an office-goer. To that end, as we mentioned before, units of the Kasita can be collectively stacked to form a modular apartment building with its own set of electrical and plumbing works. But once you have decided to move to a different city, the house can literally follow you to your new destination. This is achieved by simply notifying the company of your moving plans via a specialized app. As a result, the company people would come and eject your modular micro-home from the stack, transport it to the prescribed location (in a truck), and then reassemble the unit onto another Kasita apartment stack situated in the new city.
This extensive scope obviously pertains to a connected, nation-wide infrastructure that would only be dedicated to Kasita micro-homes. In that regard, Wilson’s company has already decided to construct ten Kasita micro-homes in Austin, Texas by 2016. This is expected to be followed up by building other Kasita housing units in ten different cities across United States, by 2017. And lastly, as for the renting side of affairs, the designers expect the smart micro-home to be relatively cheap at $600 per month. Such low-cost credentials would be bolstered by a newer economic model devised by the company.
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