- Project Name
- KODA House
- Harku borough, Estonia
- Project Types
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- August King
Ülar Mark, Architect
Hannes Tamjärv, Concept Designer
Taavi Jakobson, Concept Designer
Marek Strandberg, Concept Designer
Kalev Ramjalg, Concept Designer
- Project Status
KODA is a movable concrete house. It’s a new way of thinking about how we can live our lives.
Air in a KODA house is clean and always kept at the right level of humidity. The finishing materials used are completely non-toxic. The amount and tone of light can be adjusted to suit our natural senses and pace of life. Noise, dust, bacteria, cold weather, winter gloom and summer heat are all kept outside thanks to the sturdy door, quadruple glazing and vacuum-insulated concrete walls. Red eyes, dry skin, environmental stress and any foggy thinking caused by excessive amounts of carbon dioxide are also a thing of the past.
Living in a KODA house is neither a drain on the environment nor your bank account. With solar panels on the roof, KODA returns more power to the grid than it uses.
Materials are also used sustainably. For example, the construction of one unit requires as little as 9 m3 life, components can be disassembled and reused easily. Erecting or relocating a KODA house doesn’t require extensive digging and laying foundations either. In fact, as roomy as it is, KODA has a very small footprint – little more than 25 m2.
KODA’s components are manufactured in a controlled and optimised factory environment. As a result erection on a chosen site takes no more than seven hours sparing the neighbours and surrounding area the noise, dust and other inconvenience of ongoing construction work. KODA doesn’t need any special finishing once built either – allowing you to move in straight away.
Thanks to its solid structure a KODA house can be assembled on different surfaces (gravel, asphalt and others) without the additional work of digging up the ground and laying foundations. All KODA needs is a level footing and connection points for water, electricity and sewerage
Much of our quality of life depends on both our home and its location meeting our needs. When choosing where to live however, we may take risks on both fronts. It can be difficult to make major changes to a conventional home as inconvenient and extensive repairs are often involved, or even full demolition and reconstruction.
Moreover, houses and apartments can’t be moved – but KODA can. KODA is free-standing, not fixed to the ground, and its design and structure allow it to be assembled and disassembled many times over. Dismantling and preparation for transport can therefore take as little as four to seven hours– even less if you simply want it to face a different direction. All of this gives you more freedom to make changes to suit your needs.
In our minds KODA can become whatever you want… a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, a cosy café, an office, workshop or even a classroom. Its clever design provides the inspiration to make best use of every square inch of space and envisage how the built-in components, even the walls, can be adjusted to meet their purpose most effectively.