The Cube Project, whose first prototype was unveiled last month during the Edinburgh Science Festival in Scotland, is a tiny, cubical house, measuring just 3 x 3 x 3 meters.
Don’t let the size fool you, though. The 27-cubic-meter (953-cubic-foot) housing solution, packed with intelligent use of space, is enough for one person. Or, as its website states, “two friendly people.”
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It sports a comfy sofa that sits two, energy saving LED lights, a flat-screen TV, a “space saving staircase” that might be a bit tricky to negotiate if you have a few too many beers, a double bed, a full size shower, a sliding table for romantic face-to-face dinners, cork flooring and a toilet.
There’s even quite a bit of storage space and a fully equipped kitchen. NewsFeed must admit: it’s looks really cozy. And kind of charming too. Perfect, we might add, for the modern bachelor coming of age in a time of financial hardship. And, more seriously, it would work in cases like post-earthquake reconstruction, emergency shelters and low-cost housing solutions. See it for yourself in this animation or viewing this 360-degree photo composite.
The Cube is kind to not only the environment, but also the wallet. Its structure and furniture are made respectively of English Sweet timber — harvested from a sustainable source — and sustainable plywood. Even better: you can earn money from it. In countries in which utility companies have to buy energy from renewable sources produced by consumers, Cube House owners can sell off some of the energy produced by their solar panels, mounted on the roof and on the window-less south side of the cube. In the U.K. it would earn you about $1600 a year, tax free. Now that’s a real-estate investment. (Via The Hairpin)
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