Portable Apartment Heralds End of Moving!
A recent graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art just outside of Detroit, the 25-year-old Brooklyn-based designer created a portable apartment for his master's project. "I call it an 'interior living unit,' " Kline told RentedSpaces. "It's composed of nine pieces that are sized to fit through a doorway. Once you get them in, the whole thing screws together to create a cube that contains a bathroom, a bedroom, a wardrobe and a kitchen."
Providing a 12-foot-by-9-foot living space, the mobile units connect into a building's electrical and plumbing utilities to give the pod owner access to the same amenities as traditional renters. While the most obvious benefit to portable apartment life is the price: Kline's mobile test unit is currently on sale for $15,000 to $25,000, depending on labor costs. Kline says that the project has environmental benefits, due to the unit's constricted space, as well as social benefits.
"Detroit is a really hollow and vacant city," Kline explains. "Most of the inhabitants have moved out to the suburbs and there are a lot of buildings that are underutilized. Instead of tearing these buildings down, it would be a great place to start communities with these modules."
Kline isn't the only one exploring portable living.
AllWill Mobile Housing in Hong Kong is currently producing prefab stackable apartments while the Dutch company, Spacebox, has portable studios available for purchase.
Kline's project also comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the world's first mobile retirement pods will hit the market this fall. While it's undeniable that Kline's mobile units could turn a formerly empty building into a livable space, convincing renters to switch from traditional apartments to prefab cubes may prove a bit more of a challenge. Kline believes that he may be able to get around the problem by appealing to consumers who need a joint living and working space.
"Since the apartment folds up, you could easily have it in a larger space where you work," he says. "A yoga instructor, for example, could fold up the apartment and teach classes in the surrounding space, then unfold the apartment to live in at night."
Whether the unit can seduce a new kind of renter and transform unused space is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, more shots of the project can be found here.
Anyone interested in purchasing the unit can contact Kline directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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