Tiny Houses

Seriously small tiny house essentially a simple cabin on wheels

Seriously small tiny house ess...
The Imago Iter is on the market from 3.51 million Yen (roughly US$30,000), plus taxes
The Imago Iter is on the market from 3.51 million Yen (roughly US$30,000), plus taxes
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The Imago Iter is on the market from 3.51 million Yen (roughly US$30,000), plus taxes
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The Imago Iter is on the market from 3.51 million Yen (roughly US$30,000), plus taxes
Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Imago Iter is well suited for regular travel though lacks basic amenities like a bathroom
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Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Imago Iter is well suited for regular travel though lacks basic amenities like a bathroom
The Imago Iter's interior measures just 6.51 sq m (70 sq ft) and consists of one room
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The Imago Iter's interior measures just 6.51 sq m (70 sq ft) and consists of one room
The Imago Iter comes with either a timber or plastic roof
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The Imago Iter comes with either a timber or plastic roof
The Imago Iter's exterior is finished in cedar
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The Imago Iter's exterior is finished in cedar
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At a glance, the Imago Iter by Japan's Bess, may look like a typical tiny house, but its interior is perhaps better thought of as a simple, stripped-down cabin. It does without a lot of the features we often see in such models to offer a very compact and easily towable living space.

The Imago Iter is based on a double-axle trailer and is finished in cedar, with the option of either a traditional wooden roof or a plastic roof. It measures just 3.7 m (12 ft) in length. To put that into perspective, Minimaliste's Magnolia V5 model is over three times the length.

The interior is reached by sliding glass doors and there is generous glazing throughout. There's just 6.51 sq m (70 sq ft) of floorspace available, all of which is taken up by a single room that can be modified by the owner to add furniture and shelving – or maybe even a small mezzanine sleeping area – as required.

There's no bathroom as standard, nor is there a kitchen, and while these could conceivably be added, it seems best suited to short camping trips, being used as an extra bedroom, or perhaps serving as a portable home office, rather than a full-time home (that said, for the determined, where there's a will, there's a way).

The Imago Iter's interior measures just 6.51 sq m (70 sq ft) and consists of one room
The Imago Iter's interior measures just 6.51 sq m (70 sq ft) and consists of one room

The example shown contains a sofa, storage space, musical instruments, some scattered boxes and other furniture.

The Imago Iter is on the market starting at 3.51 million Yen (roughly US$30,000, though there's currently no word on international availability), depending on options chosen.

Source: Bess (in Japanese)

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7 comments
guzmanchinky
This is beautiful but why not just buy an RV?
paul314
Movable spare room? What with ridiculous building/real estate prices, I wonder if this is a way of getting around zoning for those who have a parking spot or a garden.
TomLeeM
With a little creativity, this has a lot of potential. Perhaps a portable artist studio? a portable tea room? a portable sewing service?

Perhaps might be easier to sell plans for it than sell the actual trailer outside of Japan?
CarolynFarstrider
An expensive garden shed or outdoor room, designed to get around some planning regulations? Certainly not suitable for living in, and likely only of interest for those with more money than sense.
Brian M
More of a caravan without any of the advantages like a bathroom.
So by definition not a tiny house but shed on wheels.
ShahbazParsipour
@guzmanchinky good point! but the idea of a towed camper or 5th wheel is that one can park it somewhere (in a camping ground for example) and then use the car to travel around or go shopping, while with an RV, one has to drive the whole rig as well ... there's also a huge problem with this one: it's not aerodynamic! it puts a lot of pressure on the horse, in this case a Land Rover vehicle ...
rpark
...I don't know- $30K and no potty ?