Designed and built by Johannesburg-based architect Clara da Cruz Almeida, INDAWO / lifePOD- a tiny 183-square-foot home is perfectly suited to the warm South African climate.
Though the square footage isn’t much to work with, Almeida worked closely with Johannesburg-based interior and product design firm Dokter and Misses on the pod’s clever fold-out couches, fold-down table, and enclosed storage that allow the space to transform instantaneously. The pod also has very high ceilings, allowing for storage up along the walls and a beneath high lofted bed.
The space is bright and airy since the side walls are made of see-through glass, which lets in copious amounts of light. The lower area of the pod can be used for anything, but is particularly well-equipped to serve as a kitchen. The green aspects of the pod promises to cut off huge amounts of money off the energy bill with its prefab design and efficient use of space.
According to Curbed, Almeida hopes people will see the pod as more than a backyard guest house, but instead a new model for home ownership where land ownership is not necessary. The pod will be extremely affordable as well, costing between $18,000 and $63,000. Almeida hopes to expand on her concept and develop different versions like a flat pack or self-assembling pod.