The American prefabricated housing company Jupe introduced the travel cabin, a temporary flat-mounted cabin with birch floors and a metal frame that lights up at night.
The geometric Jupe pod named after the Jupiter planet is designed to replace traditional luxury tents and yurts.
The qualifications of Jupe’s design team include work on rental platform Airbnb, electric car manufacturer Tesla and rocket manufacturer Space X, and they set out to develop science fiction-style products inspired by space travel.
“We turn to ideas that inspire and inspire us,” said Jupe co-founder and microfamily entrepreneur Jeff Wilson.
“Remember that monolith in 2001: a space roam? It sent a signal from the moon to Jupiter for the last time. It seems that some of the blueprints were bounced back to Earth. We intercepted them and created Jupe.”
The fire-resistant canvas stretched on the aluminum poles forms an angular pod that slopes upward at the highest point to a ceiling height of 11 meters.
LEDs along the poles can be used to provide illumination in the dark.
Jupe aims to achieve off-grid function with lighting frame, wifi, power outlet and USB port powered by solar panel or battery pack.
Wilson said: “Experiencing the natural wonders of the world should not mean being forced to get out of a living space isolated from the world.”
Other services provided by the company include porches, lockable safes, radiators, speakers and Amazon Alexa voice control devices.
Each shelter sits on a chassis that partially lifts the tent off the ground. The birch floor tiles are lifted to allow occupants to enter the storage space below. Jupe’s designers estimate that the storage space can hold up to 10 suitcases.
The entrance to the 111-square-meter cabin can be left open to frame the landscape, and the slender windows that can be opened on the side provide additional ventilation.
In collaboration with boutique hotel designer Liz Lambert and Cameron Sinclair, who was previously the head of social innovation at Airbnb, chose a sand color palette for Jupe’s interior.
The steps lead to a platform with a full-size bed (with a mattress), and small objects at the head of the bed sink slightly into the floor. Built-in furniture includes desks, chairs and footstools.
The company has already made pre-orders for pods produced in a factory in Los Angeles, and the first flat pack kits are scheduled for delivery in January 2021.
Jupe was founded by investment bankers Cameron Blizzard (Cameron Blizzard) and Jeff Wilson (Jeff Wilson), the latter’s former micro-housing startup Kasita producing micro-mobile homes.
Earlier this year, the company used its blueprint to create mobile isolation recovery wards for hospitals that are overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.
Photography is by Sam Gezari.