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How a Whole House Can Fit in a 10-Foot Cube

Cubitat is a 'plug and play' home that fits in a room
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2015 8:12 AM CST
How a Whole House Can Fit in a 10-Foot Cube
Meet the Cubitat.   (Urban Capital)

(Newser) – A team of builders and designers have created what is essentially a house that can fit in a room. Cubitat is a 10-by-10-by-10-foot cube, and it's got practically everything you need built in, Treehugger reports. One side has a whole kitchen, with a sink, dishwasher, fridge, and more, all in a single wall. Another side features a pullout bed from which you can watch a TV mounted in a nook. Need a bathroom? The cube's got a built-in toilet. It even features a laundry machine and storage space. You'll have to hook it up to plumbing and electricity, but the makers—a Toronto firm called Urban Capital and a designer named Luca Nichetto—say the idea of Cubitat is a "plug and play" space, Slate reports. They call it, per CTV, "the most adaptable home imagined."

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"Cubitat is about a more intelligent, holistic way to design and construct our living environments, taking cues from the prefab world and modern production methods," says an Urban Capital developer. "As a builder we look at the automotive, consumer product, and tech industries and ask why we can’t operate with that much rapidity and flexibility." Among the minor kinks to be worked out: How do you fit a 10-foot cube through your door? Well, maybe you won't have to: "The idea is to hoist and slide Cubitat onto a condo floor mid-construction," says a project description, per Slate. And when you're feeling less urban, you can "ship Cubitat from the city to the country so you retire in your own home." (Perhaps the designers could give some tips to the EU parliament, whose building is so confusing it's nearly left some in tears.)

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