What if you looked at the construction business from a fresh angle? What if you looked at a house as a whole and not as a complicated aggregation of ventilating shafts, glazed tiles, grout and silicate. What would our houses look like if architects and designers, engineers and builders, academics and practitioners all worked together towards the same goal, in the same spacetime?
Estonia-based Kodasema builts the KODA house thinking about these questions, about all these “what if’s”. A house that adjusts with the surroundings, saves energy, is able to learn, move and is affordable.
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KODA is a movable concrete house with a very small footprint – little more than 25m² (269ft²). In the Kodasema architects’ minds KODA can become whatever you want…… a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, a cosy café, an office, workshop or studio or even a classroom. Its clever design provides the inspiration to make best use of every square inch of space and envisage how the built-in components, even the walls, can be adjusted to meet their purpose most effectively. Thanks to its solid structure a KODA house can be assembled on different surfaces (gravel, asphalt and others) without the additional work of digging up the ground and laying foundations. All KODA needs is a level footing and connection points for water, electricity and sewerage. Living in a KODA house is neither a drain on the environment nor your bank account. With solar panels on the roof, KODA returns more power to the grid than it uses. Features like these mean that little or no energy is wasted. Materials are also used sustainably and at the end of its life, components can be disassembled and reused easily. KODA doesn’t need any special finishing once built either – allowing you to move in straight away. KODA is one of the 25 selected projects out of the 245 who participated at the Tiny Housing BouwEXPO in the Netherlands.
The founders of Kodasema are Hannes Tamjärv, Taavi Jakobson, Ülar Mark, Kalev Ramjalg, Marek Strandberg and Andres Kaur.