The Cube

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The Cube

Address: Car Park, Laughton Lodge, Common Lane, Laughton, BN8 6BY
Owners: Dr. Mike Page, Univ. Of Herts.
Type: Free standing living unit
Age: New
Beds: 1
Walls: Timber frame
Area: 10m2
Residents: 1 – 2 adults

Features

Innovative modular living prototype
Air source heat pump
LED lighting
Low energy appliances
Solar PV
Timber frame with high insulation
Triple glazing
Underfloor insulation

Summary

The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire who set out to build a compact home, no bigger than 3 x 3 x 3 metres on the inside, in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.

Constructed from a variety of sustainable materials, the Cube provides everything that a single person (or two friendly people) might need. Within its 27 cubic metres it includes a lounge, with a table and two custom-made chairs, a small double bed (120cm wide), a full-size shower, a kitchen (with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker  hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards), a washing machine, and a composting toilet.  Lighting is achieved by ultra-efficient LED lights, and the Cube is heated using an Ecodan air-source heat pump, with heat being recovered from extracted air. It has cork flooring and there is two-metre head height throughout.

Because of its portability and small size, the Cube is treated in the same way as a static caravan for planning purposes and it has even been suggested that a group in a field could form quirky holiday homes. 

Commercial production is expected soon, with the Cube being offered at the simplest level as a shell for finishing, or any variation up to a fully fitted out unit with renewables.

At the time of the 2013 event there has been a lot of media interest and Channel 4's 7th October episode of Gadget Man will be hosted within the Cube itself! It will also be featured in George Clarke's Amazing Spaces programme to be aired in October/November 2013.

The Laughton unit will soon be travelling to Birmingham for two weeks to appear in Grand Designs Live.

Future plans are for a 7 x 7 x 7 cube to create a modular four bedroomed house that could either be free standing or terraced. There are also plans for an add-on annexe for the exisitng Cube to provide an extra bed or two.

Professionals

Construction: Bolton Buildings Ltd, Laughton. www.boltonbuildings.co.uk

More information

The Cube Project: www.cubeproject.org.uk

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The Cube
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