For iOhouse, the Swedish company providing off-grid housing solutions, tiny homes are capable of being smart homes, too. Consider the Space, its 645-square-foot portable dwelling that is billed as “the perfect fusion of technology and design.”
The fully self-contained home, featuring solar panels and a generator that provides the power for electricity, heat, and wifi, also has its own water and waste management systems that can accommodate two people for two weeks under normal conditions before needing to remove waste and replenish water.
Ideal as a second home, summer cottage, or even a backyard office or studio, the 12-meter long x 5-meter-wide Space weighs 19 tons and takes just 90 minutes to assemble, anywhere, making it easy for homeowners to live, at least temporarily, surrounded by the water, woods, or mountains that they crave. As iOhouse touts, the Space is “designed for people who value beautiful, natural locations.”
Along with basics like a refrigerator, gas cooker, dishwasher, coffee machine, water purifier, and washing machine, the Space is equipped with a full control system from Comfort Click; a weather station monitoring temperature, air pressure, and precipitation; low-voltage 24V LED lighting; and Jung and Siemens sensors and switches. For entertainment, there is a 55-inch Sony UltraHD OLED TV AG9 and a Sony 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos 2x soundbar with eight Sony speakers, two subwoofers, and a possible upgrade to Polk Audio speakers. In terms of security, there are Hikvision surveillance cameras, and a system, including smart doorlock, that comes courtesy of AssaBoloy.
While the Space is suitable for integrators with affluent clientele who love off-the-grid lifestyles, just how much power the home can generate to accommodate higher-tech wishes is unclear. Instead, the tiny home should appeal for the freedom it provides through its design, without the worry, iOhouse points out, of contracts, obligations, or “being shackled to utility networks.”
A version of this article was originally published by CEPro.