The portable duplex that will travel with you

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The Estonian company Kodasema will launch at the end of 2017 its most original project: a portable house that is built in seven hours and can be built on almost any surface. Just imagine the place and call the company. They commit, in record time, to put the foundations of the home in the most inspiring place.

The idea was presented for the first time in the autumn of 2015 at the Tallinn Architecture Biennial. In 2016, Koda was one of nine pre-selected projects to qualify for the Small Projects Award at the World Architecture Festival. The company defines Koda as “a solution that gives more freedom to make changes and that adapts to the needs of each one”.

At the beginning of the 20th century it began to be common among the Spanish aristocracy to have a second home in the north or a house in the Sierra de Madrid. The temperatures on the plateau were very high and showing the body in the pools – and outside of them – was frowned upon.

In the late 1950s and during the 1960s, the Spanish Levante became the second home of much of society, seduced by its temperatures and beaches. Then came the transition and moved the capital of luxury in Andalusia, specifically in Marbella and Sotogrande. With the turn of the century, the escapes were delocalised and the second home ceased to make sense.

Koda adapts to the nomadic and cosmopolitan spirit of today’s man, who longs to access the unknown but who, at the same time, finds it difficult to leave his environment of comfort. The versatility of this “traveling house” makes it a home for whim, since it can be erected both in the nerve center of a big city and in the mountains and tolerates almost any surface: asphalt, sand or grass.

Its structure measures thirty square meters that are distributed on two floors connected by a staircase. On the lower floor there is a large living room with an American kitchen and a complete bathroom. The upper floor, on the other hand, is reserved for privacy, there are the bedroom, a second service and a room to do the laundry.

The front of this modern duplex is glazed, through it the romantic traveler can enjoy both the New York skyline and the northern lights of the polar circle. Despite this, its creators say that thermal and acoustic insulation is more than satisfactory.

Electric light and water are obtained through the huge solar panels installed in the upper part and energy can be obtained anywhere in the world. The house is, therefore, a sustainable product that adapts to natural environments.

The style of the apartment is minimalist and modern. It is advisable not to overload it too much with decorative elements and furniture since, on the one hand, in a second home it is convenient to get rid of the weight of the routine and, on the other hand, it is a small house for which the open spaces are recommended.

Another of its main advantages, according to the company, are the great facilities it offers when making renovations. Those surprises that often become a setback on arrival at the destination. As a disadvantage: it is its small space although, as indicated by the company itself, the number of modules that can be purchased are infinite, something that can turn the small apartment into a mansion or a “micro-village”.