stereotank + fukuda design traveling mini-house out of water tanks
all images courtesy of stereotank
alongside takahiro fukuda, new york city-based stereotank has engineered ‘taku-tanku’ for the ‘little house’ competition in saitama, japan. the result of the collaboration is a traveling mini-house made out of two 3,000-liter water tanks and other prefabricated materials. with the ability to be towed by a person, by a bicycle, by a car or by a boat, two to three users at a time can enjoy the space within multiple environments. in order to do so, the orange structure is decorated with functional mechanisms that work to provide the normal amenities seen in a typical dwelling. once a location has been established, occupants can store their luggage in a compartment between the wheels. afterwards, they can relax on the cypress wood flooring, gaze at the scenery through the circular cutouts, or enjoy fresh air and natural light by opening hatch windows placed on opposing sides of the interior. in the evening, as the sun passes over the horizon and the sky darkens, solar powered LED lights and fans can be activated to illuminate the insulated walls. the project re-envisions the concept of the trailer-home by minimizing its design to a more compact scale and affordable level.
renderings of the home in different settings
section through the mobile home
components and materials
exploded axonometric diagram