Modern modular is a green architectural meme with legs: Blu Homes, Living Homes, Project Frog, Simpatico Homes are just a few of the California-based firms exploring smart structures through better design and manufacturing. It's as if everyone looked at the crappy FEMA-supplied manufactured homes made famous post-Katrina, read Keiran Timberlake's "Refabricating Architecture," and got to work.
Another design meme that keeps, er, surfacing are floating homes. Perhaps because I keep driving through Sausalito and seeing those clunky but compelling boxes on water, perhaps because the best vacation I ever took was on a barge in France, or perhaps because I keep getting inspired by the challenges facing Bangladesh and New Orleans as the sea level rise scenarios keep getting adjusted upwards, but homes that float just make sense to me.
Put those two memes together, and you get Drift, a floating modular tiny home by IdeaBox, the Salem, Oregon-based modular modern company best known for conspiring with IKEA on the Activ. Larger ones are coming soon, but if you have water access and want a weekend get away, or somewhere to handle an overflow of guests, Drift is the perfect package.
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