Light enough to be towed by a car or bicycle, or even carried by hand, the Taku Tanku shelter will change the way you camp, travel, and prepare for possible disasters. Created by the architecture firm Stereotank, along with Japanese designer Takahiro Fukuda, the portable, floating structure is made from two 3,000-liter recycled water tanks connected by a wood-framed entrance. It has sleeping space for two or three people, but the designers also envision it as a sculpture that “celebrates the vital role of water in our lives.”
In addition to the water tanks, Taku Tanku is made from a few off-the-shelf materials including cypress and cobia woods and a wheeled trailer system. It also incorporates green elements such as LED lights and fans and insulation paint. Though there is storage space under the main compartment, there is no bathroom or kitchen.
The designers hope to raise funds to turn this shelter into a DIY kit that people can assemble themselves. They also envision the floating pods being assembled as a modular complex. Explore more details of Taku Tanku in our image gallery.
Images courtesy of Stereotank