There is a growing disconnection between where many people work and where they can live. We see this in things like fly in -fly out working arrangements as well as the growing number of jobs that can be done anywhere there is a reasonable internet connection. So what might this mean in terms of where and how people live?
In some cases the answer is not much because these people like where they are living, or are like my wife, sick of moving. For others it will be an opportunity to move somewhere they would like to live permanently but haven’t been able to do because of the need to be within commute distance from their workplace.
What this post is about is the other group. The ones that would really like to be able to change where they live frequently.
In some cases this might mean buying a superflash campervan and move as the mood moves them. The problem with campervans is that they are not all that suitable if you want to spend some of your time living in the big cities. Campervans tend to be stuck in caravan parks on city fringes.
With this problem in mind I could see the potential of rackable housing
. In the picture below each of these 20 m2 units can be slid in and out of a permanent rack to allow a units to be moved to another location. This means that someone who likes to move around could have a unit fitted out to their taste that could be moved and fitted into an empty rack somewhere hundreds of km away. (They can probably afford to keep a number of empty slots spread over the country or simply rent slots.
I am assuming that the units would be close to standard container sizes for ease of transport. A standard 30 ft container floor area is 22 m2.
Still in the planning and prototype stage, the Kasita unit shown brings to mind elements of the tiny house and shipping container home communities. It comprises just 19 m2 of floorspace, including a bathroom, a kitchenette, study, and a lounge. A cantilevering glass front section is a nice touch. Available amenities include a walk-in shower, refrigerator, convection oven and cooktop, washer/dryer, and a queen-size bed that can be tucked away. The interior sports modular tiles that can be outfitted with shelving, gadgets, and furniture.
The rackable principle could also be attractive for construction camps where area is limited.