Plug and Play Architecture
Toronto’s Urban Capital is proving to be one of the more innovative real estate developers in North America. Their Smart House is a great looking luxury micro apartment, they’ve collaborated with LifeEdited on their River City 3 tower and they just released something they call the Cubitat. Similar to concepts like the MIT CityHome, Cubitat is an all-in-one module that can be inserted into a bare space, providing instant architecture and furnishings.
Working with Italian product designer Luca Nichetto, Urban Captial made the Cubitat for Toronto’s 2015 Interior Design Show. The sleek 10’x10’x10′ unit includes a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, lounge and storage.
As we mentioned the other day in looking at the My Micro NY project, prefabricated manufacturing achieves a number of efficiencies one-off building cannot. What Cubitat does is bring that efficiency FF&E (furniture, fixtures, and equipment), oftentimes the most costly aspects of construction. Theoretically, something like the Cubitat could be made assembly-line style, installed into a bare space, hooked up to plumbing stacks, electric lines and you’d have a very livable, usable space.
Pictures from Urban capital show that the Cubitat is made of a 9K lb welded steel structure. We assume the finished product could be dissembled or they see installation happening during building construction, as the 100 sq ft door needed to slide the Cubitat into its home aren’t very common.
Images via Urban Capital, story via Treehugger