Tiny Houses

Cubitat has all the ingredients of a compact home

The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
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The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
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The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
Cubitat features a fully equipped kitchen with built-in sink, oven, stove top, dishwasher, refrigerator and an enormous amount of cupboard space
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Cubitat features a fully equipped kitchen with built-in sink, oven, stove top, dishwasher, refrigerator and an enormous amount of cupboard space
Adjacent to the kitchen is the entertaining lounge wall, equipped with flat screen TV, integrated book shelves, further storage space and a hidden double bed which slides out from underneath the cabinet
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Adjacent to the kitchen is the entertaining lounge wall, equipped with flat screen TV, integrated book shelves, further storage space and a hidden double bed which slides out from underneath the cabinet
The Cubitat was recently on display at the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto
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The Cubitat was recently on display at the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto
The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
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The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
Cubitat features a 9,000 lb (4,082 kg) internal metal structure
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Cubitat features a 9,000 lb (4,082 kg) internal metal structure
Cubitat gets wrapped up and ready for transportation
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Cubitat gets wrapped up and ready for transportation
Cubitat comes equipped with a kitchen, bedroom, entertaining area, bathroom, laundry and storage space
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Cubitat comes equipped with a kitchen, bedroom, entertaining area, bathroom, laundry and storage space
Canadian architectural studio Urban Capital, in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto, has recently presented its Cubitat concept
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Canadian architectural studio Urban Capital, in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto, has recently presented its Cubitat concept
Individuals can customize the unit according to tastes or needs
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Individuals can customize the unit according to tastes or needs
The multi-purpose cube measures 10ft x 10ft x 10ft (3m x 3m x 3m)
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The multi-purpose cube measures 10ft x 10ft x 10ft (3m x 3m x 3m)
The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
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The Cubitat concept could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment
The cube features a hidden European laundry and access to the bathroom which is located inside the structure of the Cubitat
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The cube features a hidden European laundry and access to the bathroom which is located inside the structure of the Cubitat

Canadian architectural studio Urban Capital, in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto, has recently presented its "plug & play" concept cube which could transform any space into a fully functioning apartment. Dubbed Cubitat, the multi-purpose cube measures 10 x 10 x 10 ft (3 x 3 x 3 m) and comes equipped with a kitchen, bedroom, entertaining area, bathroom, laundry and storage space. The space-saving design is conceptualized to easily and quickly furnish a small building into a compact home without the need for further renovations or additions.

"It’s like that feeling when you open up a brown cardboard package that just arrived in the mail," says Urban Capital. "When you lift that thing out of the box and set it down on the table and smile knowing how well it’s going to fit into your life. Just like that, except it’s your house.

Resembling a Rubik's cube, each of Cubitat's four vertical faces has a different purpose and function. One side features a fully equipped kitchen with built-in sink, oven, stove top, dishwasher, refrigerator and an enormous amount of cupboard space. Adjacent to the kitchen is the entertaining lounge wall, equipped with flat screen television, integrated book shelves, further storage space and a hidden double bed which slides out from underneath the cabinet. Turning the corner again, an entire side of the module is dedicated to wardrobe and storage space, while the fourth side of the cube features a hidden European laundry and access to the bathroom which is located inside the structure of the Cubitat.

The cube features a hidden European laundry and access to the bathroom which is located inside the structure of the Cubitat
The cube features a hidden European laundry and access to the bathroom which is located inside the structure of the Cubitat

The prefabricated module could offer an innovative way to furnish newly constructed micro apartments or country hideaways while allowing individuals to customize the unit according to tastes or needs. According to Urban Capital the business concept for the Cubitat includes a five step process where customers can design their very own module online before it is fully prefabricated off-site and shipped to its final destination. Once on site, the Cubitat can be hoisted or slid into place, hooked up to the utilities and ready to be lived in. However, at 10 x 10 x 10 ft, it's unlikely to slide through the front door.

The Cubitat was recently on display at the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto and is still in its experimental concept phase, so no estimated costings have been released.

Source: Urban Capital via Treehugger

4 comments
flylowguy
This is a better idea for instant small space living than the usual module that is designed to be complete and bounded by it's walls for living area. If this core module had HVAC and electrical panel to supply a given cubic footage of surrounding airspace, it would be even more useful.
Kevin Ritchey
But you still need a place, an environment to place it into. It is all good and fine that all these features are bundled into one unit but it is like a camper/trailer turned inside out. Why not just buy an RV and take your home with you?
Joe Maxwell
Fifty years I designed a wet module for modular homes where they were building 20 homes a day. They were they largest home manufacturer in the US but it was not profitable so the owner shut it down. I have since redesigned it to fit into a shipping container that can be transported easily and cheaply. It contained a kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a utility space for standard laundry equipment, HVAC and electric power. one of the baths faces the end for a master bedroom. It would be weather proof and provide attachments to build rooms around it in all types of arrangements. I designed a kitchen cabinet system that was shipped in flat pieces and was installed in 40 minuets in the module. Shipping air was a big problem and setting in place required a Crain, a killer. I an 83 years old, still designing and coming up with great solutions to make peoples lives better.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
You could get a very cheap house by putting this in a General Steel building.
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