Meet Taku-Tanku: the Home you can Tow

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The latest innovation in sustainable portable housing has arrived. And if you thought the caravan that your parents borrowed for those family holidays/bonding sessions to Cornwall was cramped, think again.

The design

Measuring just 9 sq m, Taku-Tanku is the brainchild of Takahiro Fukuda, in collaboration with the New York design firm Stereotank. The home is made of two recycled 3,000 litre water tanks, connected by a wooden frame, and is so light that it can be towed by a bicycle. Boasting just enough room for a bed and a desk, we wouldn't advise swinging any cats round inside. Stereotank claim that the ultra mobile home has enough space to accommodate two to three people, with some storage space for luggage or prized possessions.

The design was submitted by Takahiro and Stereotank to a Japanese small house competition and received plenty of press coverage as a result. The Taku-Tanku is designed with the environment in mind, with most of its components made from re-purposed and recycled materials. The home is lit by solar powered LED lights and has no plumbing, meaning it can be set up pretty much anywhere - just make sure you're not too far from a working toilet.

The future for Taku-Tanku

While we can’t imagine living in one of these pods full time, the designers are positive about the versatility of their creation. They have pointed out that the Taku-Tanku could easily be used as a shelter on long road-trips across a variety of terrain. Speaking to The Daily Mail, the designers explained the adaptability of their invention: “Given the nature of the water tanks, the structure could float and be carried by a boat.”

With the issues of sustainability and compact living space both becoming more relevant, it might not be too long before we start to see creations like the Taku-Tanku making waves in the UK.


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