Mini mobile homes – maximum comfort, minimum space
Coodo, Ecocapsule and Flying Space: The mini mobile homes taking over the property market are packed with design and technology innovations. These homes offer maximum comfort with a minimal footprint, and are completely mobile – so their owners can move to a new location whenever they need to, or opt to remain in one location if they prefer. Subject to planning permission, a mini mobile home can be erected on a plot of 200 square metres or less. This unusual concept is starting to catch on beyond the residential market, too: Mini mobile homes are being put to use in a range of other applications. They can be used as holiday homes, garden offices, a base for mobile nomads or as conference or break-out rooms for companies that need a little more space – all with a tiny impact on the environment.
Ecocapsule – a futuristic autonomous home capsule
The Ecocapsule mini mobile home could easily be mistaken for some kind of object from outer space. In fact, this futuristic micro-capsule comes from Slovakia, and provides attractive and comfortable mobile accommodation for two people.
The unusual design is about much more than architectural aesthetics: The oval shape of the mini mobile home is the starting point for a self-sufficient wind and solar energy system and rain water supply, enabling its inhabitants to live completely off-grid.
Solar cells on the roof and a quiet wind turbine that can be extended and retracted as needed provide energy 24 hours a day. The autonomous water supply system is also packed with smart technology: The surface membrane collects rain water, filters it and then diverts it into an underground water tank for storage. This technology makes the Ecocapsule the perfect choice for areas with no power or water infrastructure.
The capsule provides a minimum of living space for one to two people in an area of just 4.48 x 2.40 x 2.48 metres, including a combined living and sleeping area, a bathroom with shower and toilet and a small kitchen. Belongings are stored in the compartment on the roof or under the sofa bed. The capsule costs around 80,000 euros.
Coodo – mobile living on water or on land
If you spend the working week in a city, chances are that you will enjoy escaping to the countryside at the weekends. Allotments are a popular way for people to get access to their own little piece of nature and build a connection with the land – but waiting lists can be long. The Coodo mobile prefab home by Germany company LTG Lofts to go takes the close-to-nature concept one step further, with open architecture conceived to plant its owner in nature, making it the perfect weekend retreat or holiday home. Coodo’s unique glass architecture is designed to create an illusion of limitless space. The glass front allows inhabitants to see nature up close: You can enjoy the warmth of the sun, watch the clouds float by and listen to the rain falling on the roof.
The interior of the mini mobile home is fully customisable. The Coodo is the most flexible solution in terms of room layout and can be delivered as an empty shell or as a fully equipped mini mobile home with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining room in a sleek, minimalist design. And best of all: Coodos can float, so they can even be used as mini house boats.
As well as creating new ways to experience spaces, Coodo aims to conserve environmental resources. The materials used in the construction of the space are environmentally friendly, and the structure is designed to limit energy consumption to a level comparable with the passive house standard. What’s more, Coodo is completely recyclable at the end of its life.
Autonomous mobile home living
The Austrian “WW Wohnwagon” takes the same approach to sustainability as Coodo: This wooden mobile home features a timeless, organic design that can be adapted to suit the owner’s vision. Like the tiny house living concept, the mobile home can be used as a private retreat or an inspiring workspace. Tailored furnishings utilise every centimetre of the 15 to 33 square-metre living space and create a loft apartment look. This mobile home can be set up anywhere as long as the land is designated for residential purposes.
The flexibility of the space itself is matched by the flexibility of the technology inside: You decide how you structure your autonomous lifestyle and what you need to make it work. The basic model is equipped for connection to an external power network, but the vehicle can also be kitted out for off-grid living, with an autonomous photovoltaic system on the roof to generate electricity; water is purified by special marsh plants growing on the roof and the solar central heating system keeps the interior cosy and warm.
Modern lifestyle in the Flying Space by Schwörerhaus
The prefabricated Flying Space by Schwörerhaus also responds to the rising demand for flexible mini mobile homes. What is special about this living module is that its simple, streamlined design enables you to use the space as a single open-plan room or attach it to a conventional building as an extension – with no need to construct a cellar or lay floorboards. Flying Spaces are an ideal solution for filling in smaller gaps in existing built-up urban zones.
Schwörer’s 50-square-metre mini mobile homes are suitable for singles or couples, with up to two beds, a bathroom, a toilet and a living and dining area with an integrated kitchen.Show homes have been set up in Germany and Switzerland. The prefab homes cost between 50,000 and 100,000 euros.
A unique highlight of the home is the Flying Space “Green Living Space” concept: A collaborative project between IKEA, Gira and Vaillant that showcases a flexible home with a minimal footprint, kitted out with furniture by the Swedish company. This partnership demonstrates how the smallest living spaces in urban areas can be transformed into desirable residences – complete with rooftop gardens and advanced Smart Home systems by Gira to control the lighting, blinds, heating, ventilation and security technology.
Mini mobile homes provide the answer to some of the most pressing issues of our time. They enable us to live mobile and sustainable lifestyles without sacrificing on comfort, while also offering a solution to the problem of living space shortages in urban areas - but only time will tell if tiny houses and mini mobile homes are here to stay.
We updated this article on 16.01.2019.
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