Austin, Texas, USA
Rents are at an all-time high, and they just keep climbing. Downtown living is where you want to be, and that costs even more. And you not only want any old home, you want a truly decked out, beautifully designed smart home. Well, Kasita seems to be at the forefront of solving the urban attainability crisis; allowing you to own an ultimate smart home at an affordable price.
Kasita combines breakthrough industrial design, and killer technology at previously undevelopable locations in the heart of a city to create the perfect living arrangement that solves the growing housing crisis.
Kasita is an innovative micro-apartment housing scheme that slots in and out of metal apartment frames and fits on a moving truck bed for easy transport. The innovative housing startup was developed by “Professor Dumpster” Jeff Wilson, who was inspired by his year-long stint living in a converted 33-square-foot dumpster to create a mobile and affordable solution to the housing crisis.
Marketed as the “smallest home built for the city” that still maintains a comfortable and livable footprint, the tiny Kasita can be plugged into some of a city’s most desirable but thus far unusable compact locations. The 208-square-foot home was designed in collaboration with an industrial designer from the firm Frog to maximize every square inch of interior space while keeping a focus on elegance and comfort. “I told him, I want you to design something more like an iPhone than a micro-apartment or a container,” Wilson told Fast Company. “I want you to throw out everything you know about housing—and he didn’t even know a whole lot—and make something really iconic.” The sleek and beautiful design incorporates smart home technology and a cantilevered glazed cube on one end that funnels natural light into the interior.
In addition to the space-saving, hands-free home automation, the apartment features transforming furniture and a patent-pending tile system that “allows for virtually infinite customizations and options for the home while maintaining order and function.” Moving locations will also be a snap. After requesting the move on a smartphone app, the modular Kasita can slide out from the 1,000-square-foot apartment metal framework, travel on the bed of a moving truck, and plug into a new framework in one of the available cities serving Kasita. No more dreaded housing search.
Kasita plans to build their first compact housing complex in Austin in the spring of 2016 and already has plans to expand to other cities like Portland and New York City. Wilson believes that because of partnerships with local entities, the tiny urban apartments, which will be built on small tracts of land previously deemed unusable, could rent at just half the market rate of a studio apartment. In Downtown Austin, for example, that’s just $600 a month.
“Our goal is to solve for urban affordability while sticking to a core value of design excellence,” Wilson said, “Affordable housing can be beautiful.”