Smart, low budget and prefab Qocoon is a courtyard house, a large flexible space situated around a private garden. It's a smart, low budget and prefab concept that blends into any environment; It's just a matter of putting the right coat on. The prototype was built as a country-style barn house with black Larch planks and a cement plate roof. Because of it's blind walls on 3 sides it fits on any size of yard with a minimum of 400m2.
Courtyard The courtyard is the center space of the house that provides light, fresh air and energy, offers privacy and security and permits you to enjoy the weather even on windy winter days. The courtyard is your private garden to relax in, enjoy breakfast or have an afternoon nap.
Function walls The outer walls have more functions then structure and thermal isolation. These walls are also storage spaces and provide space for ventilation pipes on top and water and electrical piping on the bottom. They are easy accessible and provide space for kitchen, toilets and bathrooms.
Materials For the prototype we used mostly raw materials: untreated oregon pine, untreated black steal, black pigmented concrete and multiplex walls finished with Farrow & Ball colors. This gives the house a rough and yet warm look and feel. Some people say it is a beach house, but that says more about the feeling than the style.
The Qocoon House is for sale starting at 1.000 Euro per m2, excl VAT.
A fresh outlook on life
"Look around. Our world is changing. Sea levels are rising, cities are getting more and more crowded, our traditional habitat is under pressure. Jobs are no longer for life, nor at a permanent location. The current climate asks for adaptability. We have to question our routines, reinvent the way we live, become more flexible in every aspect. We need to change our perspective.
With 70 percent of the world covered in water it's time to flip conventions and join Qrooz. More often than not our home is our most valued possession. A safe haven. What if you could take this haven with you? Go where your job takes you or escape the city on your weekend without moving house. Simply be where you want to be. Qrooz offers the comfort of a spacious home, combined with the mobility of a ship.
Qrooz is a solution instead of yet another compromise. What if the entire world were your playground? What if water were your roads? With Qrooz you expand your world. Global warming and rising sea levels no longer pose a threat, they are mere ingredients to the big bowl of soup that’s life.
Deal with challenges as they come and embrace change instead of fighting the current. Be where you want to be. And if the situation calls for it, pack up and leave. Without packing."
Qrooz is a comfortable apartment with loft style kitchen and living. Qrooz offers space, more space and large windows with all around views. The interior layout is flexible and the finishing is customized for personal use, taste and budget. It's the location that makes it truly unique: always front row at the water front.
Qrooz is a ship with good cruising capabilities. It's a cruiser, not a speedboat. Fossil fuel as a power source is minimized, and you can choose to go a step further by adding a solar roof and full electric propulsion to the list. The combination of light weight and low speed allows the ship to move as efficiently and sustainable as possible. Safe and silent.
Today's ship design and building are still very traditional. But Qrooz thinks about the future today by being revolutionary in functional design, propulsion and use of material.
That's why Qrooz won the Dutch Design Award in 2007 and was nominated for the Audi Design Prize and the German Design Preise 2009.
Qrooz comes in two models Qrooz C and Qrooz NXT. Prices starting at 395.000€ excl. VAT
"You want to get away, leave the daily routine behind and let time stand still. A moment to reenergise, breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the good things in life. Qabins is a series of getaway homes that are engineered in a clever and autonomous way. A sophisticated balance between space offered, and space you need. Between beauty and usefulness.
Sure there’s luxury, just none that’s unnecessary. How about a huge glass wall making nature flow right into your living room? Or a sky light to gaze at the stars from the comfort of your own bed? Architectural ingenuity and a smart layout turn these modest spaces into a perfect hideout.
Qabins is like a familiar face with a changing costume: you know what you are going to get, but the surroundings are always new. The basic and independent design of Qabins means they can pop up just about everywhere. A forest. A rooftop. A lake. A farm. So don’t be surprised waking up next to a herd of cows or some grazing sheep."
A Qabin is an all year round home, holiday cabin or office. We used beautiful, natural and low maintenance materials such as untreated Larch for the facades, Oregon Pine for window frames and raw steel, giving it a sense of warmth. A smart layout combined with large windows make the Qabin feel pleasantly spacious with a good flow of light.
The Qabin includes 5 berths, a living room annex kitchen and a bathroom. The Qabin is constructed in two pre-fab parts that can be transported over road. It takes just a day to install the Qabin on site. By using an easy screw foundation Qabins can be placed above ground level on almost any terrain. A Qabin comes with built-in bedrooms with Auping bedbase, a basic kitchen and bathroom, heating and electrical installations and fine quality multiplex wall and floor finishing.
A Qabin starts at 75.000 Euro excl. VAT (90.750 Euro incl. 21% VAT)