Tiny Houses

LumiPod micro cabin maximizes the view

LumiPod micro cabin maximizes ...
The prefabricated LumiPod was transported to the site in parts and took two days to install
The LumiPod was transported to the site in prefabricated sections and took two days to install
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The prefabricated LumiPod was transported to the site in parts and took two days to install
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The LumiPod was transported to the site in prefabricated sections and took two days to install
The LumiPod's interior is finished in oak
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The LumiPod's interior is finished in oak
The LumiPod pictured is located in a forest in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
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The LumiPod pictured is located in a forest in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
The LumiPod currently requires a mains hookup, though an off-the-grid version is planned
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The LumiPod currently requires a mains hookup, though an off-the-grid version is planned
Most of the LumiPod's interior is taken up by its bedroom area
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Most of the LumiPod's interior is taken up by its bedroom area
The LumiPod is fronted by curved glazing which is operable and opens up the cabin to the outside
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The LumiPod is fronted by curved glazing which is operable and opens up the cabin to the outside
The LumiPod pictured is the smallest 18 sq m (193 sq ft) model, though it also comes in a larger 36 sq m (387 sq ft) version
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The LumiPod pictured is the smallest 18 sq m (193 sq ft) model, though it also comes in a larger 36 sq m (387 sq ft) version
The LumiPod's exterior is finished in Douglas fir that has been charred following the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method of burning wood to preserve it
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The LumiPod's exterior is finished in Douglas fir that has been charred following the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method of burning wood to preserve it
The LumiPod includes a small wardrobe area
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The LumiPod includes a small wardrobe area
The LumiPod's bathroom includes a sink and mirror
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The LumiPod's bathroom includes a sink and mirror
The LumiPod also includes a toilet
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The LumiPod also includes a toilet
As of writing, orders are now open for the LumiPod in Europe and Lumicene plans to make it available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand soon
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As of writing, orders are now open for the LumiPod in Europe and Lumicene plans to make it available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand soon
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Originally unveiled by French firm Lumicene last year, the first LumiPod models have now been completed. The tiny retreat, which is definitely best suited for glamping or as a weekender rather than a full-time home, is fronted by operable curved glazing that frames the view and ensures lots of daylight enters inside.

The LumiPod pictured measures 18 sq m (193 sq ft) and is envisioned as a simple hotel room-like getaway, though it can also measure up to 36 sq m (387 sq ft) and be fitted with a kitchenette and wood-burning stove if it's going to be used more like a cabin.

The LumiPod is fronted by curved glazing which is operable and opens up the cabin to the outside
The LumiPod is fronted by curved glazing which is operable and opens up the cabin to the outside

It's located in a forest in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,000 m (3,280 ft) and was transported to the site in sections and assembled in two days. Its exterior is finished in Douglas fir that has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method of burning wood to preserve it and protect it from insects.

The interior (such as it is) is finished in oak, and most of the available floorspace is taken up by the bedroom area. Behind the bedroom's dividing wall lies a small technical room with a hot water heater and wiring, while nearby is a bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. An air-conditioning unit keeps the cabin a comfortable temperature. At present, the LumiPod must be connected to a mains hookup, but Lumicene told us it's working on a fully off-grid version.

The LumiPod's exterior is finished in Douglas fir that has been charred following the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method of burning wood to preserve it
The LumiPod's exterior is finished in Douglas fir that has been charred following the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method of burning wood to preserve it

Orders are now open for the LumiPod in Europe for €85,000 (about US$93,000), and Lumicene aims to make it available in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand soon.

Source: Lumicene

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3 comments
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Why does it need a water heater if the water is already hot?
guzmanchinky
No question that is stunning, but where do you put it? I guess you could buy some land and get a permit, but a 4x4 van camper still makes more sense as a mobile tiny house you can take anywhere and camp for free most of the time.
CAVUMark
These tiny rooms remind me of the tiny exquisite meals at 5 star restaurants. You get two bites of food for an outrageous amount. But it tastes good.