Dr. Jeff Wilson made his name after living out of a converted dumpster for a year. Now, the Texas-based environmental science professor has launched a prefab housing concept.
The project, dubbed Kasita, aims to resolve the difficulties people face when attempting to get on the housing market. Its inception also reflects society’s changing attitude towards home ownership.
Described as “housing-as-a-service”, Kasita is composed of a prefab module which can be transported by truck from one location to another. Different sites would be setup to act as hubs – a place where Kasita’s can be “plugged in” to a vertical rack of homes. Its kind of like a vertical trailer park.
The Kasita contains a 208 square foot (19.3 square meters) living space with an interior kitted out with space-saving furniture and storage units. There’s a sofa-bed that can be rolled under a platform, as well as flexible storage wall that allows you to swap out tiles in place of shelves, storage boxes, or hanging pins.
Being a home of the future, it’s also equipped with several smart technologies that will allow the occupant to control a host of features from their smartphone. Technologies slated for use include a Nest thermostat, wifi-enabled lighting and dichromic glass in the solarium to control light levels.
The concept opens up doors for new ways of living. You could own a Kasita module itself, or perhaps a rack in the steel tower which could be rented out when it’s not in use. A reoccurring theme among these projects is the ability to live in different places – you find it in tiny houses, the recent co-living buildings and now with Kasita.
If you’re interested, you can visit the prototype in Austin, Texas. The team behind the project are also intending to create a 320 square foot version, along with a wheelchair-accessible model. The aim is to create the homes in large quantities on a production line in order to reduce the cost. The pricing has yet to be revealed.
For more tiny houses check out The Basecamp, a tiny house built for and by a pair of mountaineers. Or, Alpha, a luxurious tiny house on wheels by New Frontier Tiny Homes. See all tiny houses.
Photos: Kasita, Video: Fair Companies
Beautiful and inhuman. A Frankenhaus. You might as well live in some kind of a laboratory, because that’s what it “feels” like merely to look at it. No color; no joy; no idiosyncrasy; no imperfection in shape, color, line, pattern, or plane; no emotion; totally artificial and nothing that says human being. And fundamentally nothing that connects to a culture or tradition beyond the non-tradition of modernism. With all its versatility and efficiency, frightening.
Space, the final frontier. The journey continues it seems. Functional, maybe-affordable, assembly-line answers to issues and problems that should not be issues and problems in 2016.
What a brilliant brilliant concept! love one
This is the most intelligent concept I have ever seen. The work will be in educating both consumers, urban planners, bankers as well as an attractive network of cities to move back and forth from. It really is an utopian idea we need more forward thinking progressive ideas such as this to properly evolve as a people.
Randolph C. Fox Esquire