In the midst of a hellish NYC apartment search, I think I might have found the perfect tiny home. It has a sleeping loft, a decently sized kitchen, lots of light, and even an outdoor patio, all in 183 square feet. It's also in South Africa.
The home that I am so in love with is the Pod Indawo, created by South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida, together with Collaborate000 Architects and product designers Dokter and Missses. It's a modular, prefabricated home that's designed to "tread lightly upon the earth": it can also be re-located, which makes it perhaps the world's most attractive mobile home.
The pod's first level, which is entered from the deck side, has a fold-out couch and a fold-out table, as well as a fairly spacious kitchen. The sides of the space are covered in modular storage, and a ladder leads to a sleeping loft, which thanks to the steep slope of the roof has plenty of head room. One entire side of the pod is translucent, which means the space is nice and bright. No word on how you would get curtains in there, though. Maybe there are custom window shades?
Almeida envisions the Pod as the perfect starter home for young South Africans. Many South Africans do not own their land, so this could be a way for them to invest in a home without having to buy land. The Pod could be moved around to different rented spots, a bit like a trailer home in America. The Pods could also serve as a vacation home or a backyard cottage for guests; they can stand on their own or be combined together in different arrangements.
Although the Pod Indawo is still in the prototype stage, the designers estimate that the basic Pod will cost between $18,000 and $61,000. Which isn't too bad, if you think about it. Now, if only I could find a place to park one of these things in Manhattan.