When I was a kid, one of my naive dreams was to have a house that I could pack in a suitcase and take with me wherever I went. I figured I could save on hotel rates since I can actually bring my own home anywhere. Or maybe I’ve watched Mary Poppins too many times and figured I really could fit stuff in one bag like an entire house and all the other furniture. Well of course that’s still impossible right now, at least the Mary Poppins bag part. We have tiny houses that we can pack up and technically take wherever we want.
Designer: Vika Living
A Los Angeles company has now come up with a tiny house that you can assemble, fold up, and then rearrange, almost as easily as you would a tent (well, at least on paper). Vika One is the company’s very first product, a prefab house that is also collapsible and can be used for areas that may need temporary housing. This is a niche market, but they believe people are looking for “small living spaces that can be transported efficiently” and that can be folded up and moved around again and again.
The house itself has a 144 square foot open floor plan that includes a living area, a sleeping bed that can be transformed into a sofa seating, a full kitchenette, a small bathroom, and various storage spaces that can maximize the limited space. what do you have. Almost everything in the base space can be folded up and carried in a four-by-twelve-foot package. This includes fixtures, fittings and even the built-in furnishings. A standard flatbed trailer can actually hold up to six folded Vika Ones.
Both design and manufacturing are geared towards efficiency and the space is inspired by Swedish and Scandinavian architecture which maximizes both space and natural light. These houses can also be used for situations where an emergency response is needed as assembly takes only around 2 hours. It uses fiberglass sandwich panels so they are strong enough to withstand various weather conditions. There’s also an off-grid model that comes with solar panels and batteries, which is obviously more expensive than a standard unit.
That said, it’s still quite expensive since there are a lot of factors involved, so perhaps emergency response isn’t the primary market for these tiny folding houses. Since I’m single and would like to have something portable, this will go on my wish list (but will probably remain a wish for now).