Most of us now think small, especially when it comes to living spaces. Tiny houses have taken off like wildfire around the world and for good reason. Many of us still want to travel with a small home on the back of a truck, and some of us prefer small homes because they are more cost-effective and allow us to reduce our personal carbon footprints by taking up less space.
Clara da Cruz Almeida, a Johannesburg-based architect, created her prefabricated small house, Pod-Idladla, with the intention of creating a small living area without requiring down payment for recent graduates.
Clara designed Pod-Idladla before production to provide young professionals with a sustainable, affordable, and multifunctional living space. Prior to the procedure. The living areas are not single rooms on the inside, but rather a fluid space. Vertical storage solutions line the fanered walls of the unit, and universal brackets that pass through the unit’s front door allow the spreading bins to be moved around the pod.
Even furniture, from the kitchen table to the lounge sofa, can be used to optimize space in the unit and allow residents to personalize their space. To combine practicality and convenience, the shower is even installed in the passageways, which are equipped with duck boarding or wooden floors to prevent the timber from becoming wet.
Clara mentions her small home’s multifunctionality when speaking of the unit “Instead of rooms, use spaces. You can store or maintain your equipment in the Task Room. You can make use of it. You could have a study upstairs if you don’t want to sleep on the mezzanine.”
Clara collaborated with Pod-Idladla to create a prefabricated modular home that could be used alone or in conjunction with other modules. With a footprint of only seventeen square metres, Pod-Idladla was designed to fit into most backyards or small outdoor areas. The Pod-Idladla structure is an upright trapezoid that can be placed against a wall or attached to other devices. Every small house is constructed with standard drywall, steel, aluminium, and wood materials.
The house’s exterior is made of wood that can be maintained and cared for for up to 100 years.To save on transportation costs, the prefabricated Pod-Idladla components were built in a Johannesburg-based plant and assembled on-site.
Indoors, it appears to be more than a multifunctional room with kitchen functionality just beneath the loft.
POD-iDLADLA is 20.52 m2 in size, including the outdoor deck, making it small enough to fit in most backyards.
A ladder leads from the ground floor to the mezzanine, which can hold a bed or be converted into an office in the upper storey.
The kitchen and dining area are integrated with multifunctional furniture, such as the extendable kitchen table.
Vertical storage solutions span the unit’s walls.
Plywood boxes serve as the unit’s storage rooms and can be moved around.
Clara chose Dokter and Misses to design the interiors of her industrial, but unusual, design schemes.
Even the unit’s light fixtures can be removed from their sockets and relocated.
Written by Pragya Yadav