Tiny Houses

Earthquake-resistant tiny prefab boasts voice-controlled technology

Earthquake-resistant tiny pref...
Singapore- and China-based design studio Nestron has revealed a 14.5 square meter (156 sq ft) tiny home that is packed with smart features
Singapore- and China-based design studio Nestron has revealed a 14.5 square meter (156 sq ft) tiny home that is packed with smart features
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Cube One is a prefabricated single room home that is ready to move-in from delivery
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Cube One is a prefabricated single room home that is ready to move-in from delivery
Singapore- and China-based design studio Nestron has revealed a 14.5 square meter (156 sq ft) tiny home that is packed with smart features
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Singapore- and China-based design studio Nestron has revealed a 14.5 square meter (156 sq ft) tiny home that is packed with smart features
There's a Cube Two concept by Nestron, which offers more space
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There's a Cube Two concept by Nestron, which offers more space
Cube One comes fitted with tempered glass
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Cube One comes fitted with tempered glass
According to Nestron. the Cube One can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and meets fireproof standards
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According to Nestron. the Cube One can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and meets fireproof standards
The open-plan interior features a cozy sleeping area for two
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The open-plan interior features a cozy sleeping area for two
The interior fit-out is fully customizable
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The interior fit-out is fully customizable
The Cube One home is suitable for a diverse range of climates
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The Cube One home is suitable for a diverse range of climates
Cube One floorplan by Nestron
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Cube One floorplan by Nestron
Plenty of storage space under and above the bed
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Plenty of storage space under and above the bed
Cube One boasts a series of smart and sustainable technologies for an affordable price tag
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Cube One boasts a series of smart and sustainable technologies for an affordable price tag
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Singapore- and China-based design studio Nestron has revealed a 14.5 square meter (156 sq ft) tiny home dubbed Cube One. The prefabricated single room home is ready to move-in from delivery and boasts a series of smart and sustainable technologies for a relatively cheap price tag.

“[Cube One] is a new generation of Tiny Living,” says Nestron. “Each house is fully prefabricated, delivered in ready-to-live formula [and] comes with built in AI assistants and green-energy sources.”

Plenty of storage space under and above the bed
Plenty of storage space under and above the bed

The Cube One compact home comes as a galvanized single-piece steel pod with a complete isolation system in the walls, which offers superior insulation and makes the home suitable for a diverse range of climates. The dwelling is built using 90 percent recycled materials and comes fitted with tempered glass, drop-lock floors and compressed timber panels to avoid any mildew or humidity issues. According to Nestron, the Cube One can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes, meets fireproof standards, and its construction methods use 99 percent less water than traditional building techniques.

The Cube One interior floor plan is not particularly exciting and does remind us of a modern motorhome. It does, however, have some contemporary benefits such as an integrated smart home system with voice control linked to the home's LED lighting, heating/cooling, entertainment system and electric appliances.

The open-plan interior features a corner kitchen with sink, stove top, range hood, hidden fridge, elevated cupboards and a bar counter; compact living area with wall-mounted TV and sofa with hidden storage; double bed; wardrobe space; and a transparent bathroom cube complete with full shower, toilet and tiny washing machine. You'd probably want some privacy using the bathroom considering its transparent glass walls, and may need to ask co-inhabitants or guests to step outside when in use. Not ideal for rainy days or wintry weather conditions, but perhaps this home model is more suitable for single person living.

Cube One is a prefabricated single room home that is ready to move-in from delivery
Cube One is a prefabricated single room home that is ready to move-in from delivery

Although Cube One is lacking an elevated bedroom or cozy lounge area we're used to seeing in tiny homes, the interior fit-out is fully customizable and can be adapted to suit different personal styles or functionality. Buyers also have the option of upgrading the home package to include rooftop solar panels, composting toilet, and electric-heated flooring.

“From single youths to large families, there is a constant high demand for small-sized, low-cost, flexible and simple houses,” says Nestron. “This is where the idea for C1 came to be. Smooth lines and modern design make the Cube series suitable for large-scale use in modern urban environments. With interiors, exteriors and colors that can be personalized, the Cube series is dynamic and unique – just like a Rubik’s Cube.”

The termite-resistant Cube One has dimensions of 5.5 x 2.9 x 2.85 m (18 x 9.5 x 9.35 ft) for an area of 14.5 sq m (156 sq ft), and tips the scales at 7,000 kg (7.72 US tons).

The Cube One base model starts at US$30,000 and comes with a 15-year warranty. The turn-key tiny house will be available for worldwide shipping, although shipping costs and first release dates are yet to be revealed.

Source: Nestron via Dwell

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5 comments
Craig
They could use some electronic window frosting technology to frost the shower door while in use. I know they can darken windows that way, just by applying a current to a film on the window
neoneuron
Very nice! But in our nation it might be stolen in a bigger truck.
Douglas Rogers
Anything that small will be earthquake proof if reasonably installed. It only needs to take 1 g lateral.
Gregg Eshelman
Reminds me of the containment modules in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
paul314
It would be nice to cluster a bunch of these, maybe with only one outfitted with a kitchen.