How amazing would it be to find the perfect vacation spot and simply plop a pre-fabricated home down on it? That’s the aim of the folks behind PODhouse, a small prefab cabin that can be delivered, electrical wiring and all, to a destination of your choosing.
Available in three sizes, PODhouses are able to accommodate a variety of living situations and preferences. The Menhir is the smallest model, offering a sleeping area that runs from front to back – and not much more room than required for sleeping.
“MENHIR (Monolith, upright stone) uses the space of the round design in its length so that the sleeping area is directly facing the door. ‘Step in and feel good’ is the architect’s message. Similar to the monoliths over the past centuries, the PODhouse MENHIR also generates a peculiar magic. The round shapes of the construction meet above the heads of the sleepers and thus have a calming effect and create a good feeling of security.”
The next step up is the Cauma, a charming tiny cottage that features a door in the middle of the cabin’s length. As seen in the above photo, additions such as small porches are simple enough to make.
“CAUMA (sleeping place) offers up to three sleeping places. The simple design becomes a wooden area of security for its dwellers that they do not really want to leave anymore. Two windows and the glass entrance door flood the interior with light during the day and by night you can experience completely new sensations by watching nature from your bed.”
The largest model, the Plaun, is large enough to hold a family – though probably not large enough for an indoor trampoline or a friendly game of tag. All of the models can come equipped with an optional entryway called Portal, a small extension of the archway to protect the entrance from the elements.
“The dual meaning of the largest PODhouse is also reflected in its name: PLAUN (meaning: peaceful and: space) is the largest of the series but does not compromise in the least its unique, exclusive charm. Due to the intelligent design of PLAUN, up to four persons find space in this PODhouse, also giving families the possibility to enjoy living close to nature.”
Each PODhouse has to sit on a simple foundation. The tiny cabins are moved, completely assembled, by trucks and lifted by machinery onto the foundation. Although it can be dropped into place, permits are still required to construct one and an electrician is needed to connect each cabin to the electrical grid if desired.
The German company behind the prefab cottages suggests that they can be used as extension of hotels or as small, nature-based communes. But the best use we can think of is finding a remote spot, plunking down a PODhouse, and simply getting away from it all for a couple of weeks.