Modular Millennial Smart Homes
Texas-based start-up Kasita has developed moveable micro smart homes targeted at urban millennials (aged 21 to 34) who want to live in the heart of cities.
The modular Kasita apartments, which slot into larger structures called 'racks', are expected to launch in Austin by 2016, with further plans for nine US cities and Stockholm from 2017. Using their smartphones, residents will be able to request to move their home to a different rack.
The modular design continues inside, with customisable tiles on the walls that can house shelving, storage and electronics such as speakers. The home's smart functions include hands-free voice commands throughout and programmable welcomes – adjusting temperature and light level, or queuing a playlist, for example.
At 208 sq ft, the homes are about 30% larger than a standard shipping container. They are kitted out with a walk-in shower, refrigerator and oven, as well as a compact dishwasher, washer/dryer combo, cooktop and a queen-size bed that tucks away.
Kasita's millennial spirit is expressed in its online slogan: "Spend your money on life – not rent." The company expects to keep rent at half the market rate of a studio apartment.
The concept is likely to be a hit with nomadic workers – see Digital Nomads for more. For more on microtecture – small spaces and how to design for them – see Shift from our 2013 Design Democracy Industry Trend.