Imagine, all of your housing needs could be contained in a single cube. That’s the idea behind CUBITAT, a modular living concept by Toronto-based developers David Wex and Mark Reeve.
With real estate across Canada reaching a premium, the need to maximize space has never been greater. Partnering with European design firm Nichetto Studio—known for their sleek and highly functional furniture, lighting and accessories—the Urban Capital developers created a fully integrated module containing all the necessary ingredients of a home. Within the 10’ x 10’ x 10’ prefabricated cube, there is a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lounge. Like, actually, it’s all there.
Urban Capital has become well known in Toronto for its small yet functional spaces. In 2013, the company launched Smart House, which featured Toronto’s first 300 square foot condo unit—they sold out within weeks of the launch! Their argument: A functional space doesn’t need to be huge.
So how does the CUBITAT work?
Instead of a room, your bedroom is a wall with a bottom drawer that pulls out to reveal a bed. On other parts of the wall there’s a niche for your TV, shelves for knick-knacks and drawers to hide away your belongings. Another wall contains your kitchen, complete with integrated appliances, a cook-top and storage. Inside the cube is the only traditional space (a bathroom), which has a door and four walls. The basic concept: plug-in, play and go.
Wex and Reeve are most excited about CUBITAT’s mobility. They envision an online system where you can customize your cube, have it shipped on the back of a truck and plopped into your space. We agree, it does sound pretty cool—although it still requires you to have somewhere to put it.