Kodasema OÜ is an Estonian architecture, design and engineering firm that creates innovative living and housing solutions. Simplicity and freedom – are the values that a KODA house offers creating more energy and time in many ways.
Sustainability is a founding principle of KODA since its creation. By living smaller and consuming fewer things, the footprint one leaves on the environment is already tinier. In addition, factory constructed houses such as KODA also leave a smaller footprint in terms of transport pollution, worker safety, reduced construction waste and urban noise. Building materials need not be repackaged into smaller units to be transported to city centre construction sites in small quantities, but are rather delivered in large quantities to the factory. This generates less garbage and construction waste. It is also no small matter that factory-grade construction also allows for more constant building quality, as moisture has no access during the factory production process. This has resulted in Kodasema becoming a member of One Planet Network.
KODA houses have been designed for mass production right from the start. This also means we can put feedback from partners and customers to good use and constantly improve the design of each KODA, being open to change. This constant strive towards better solutions, better design and architecture is part of our ethos.
Kodasema’s home country Estonia is the 4th largest exporter of factory-made timber houses in the world, widely recognized for the quality of the houses as well as the contemporary technology employed in production. This means plenty of top expertise is available locally when it comes to factory house production on any scale, and Kodasema teams up with a number of Estonia-based partners to make sure KODA modular houses stay at the top of the market.
Since we created KODA, the goal has been to exceed all construction standards, because we know standards tend to become stricter over time. This also meant being somewhat ahead of time – now, in the era of globally spreading viruses, with raised expectations regarding private access and independent ventilation systems, it seems that the world has begun to catch up with the KODA concept.
Multifunctionality for creating contemporary dynamic spaces is something all KODA models embody – KODA houses can be easily transformed many times over, responding to needs: from hotel to office, from café to hair salon, showroom or a student home. KODA Head Architect Ülar Mark strongly believes that the traditional classification of buildings based on their functions is outdated. Therefore KODA design contains everything necessary within the space, and that it can be quickly changed – this is the meaning of contemporary dynamic spaces.
KODA aims for minimum viable space for almost any function, making KODA owners able to instantly switch between different functions, purposes and a multitude of locations. The principle of KODA design is to remove everything that is possible to remove. Everything excessive has been left out, each user can create the environment of personal design needs. The basis of this is that we have cleaned the KODA from stylistic elements – the lack of ornaments and motifs also makes the KODA so universal.
“The original idea at the early stages of Kodasema was to stop wasting energy and start reducing the energy consumption also in the construction industry. Small living spaces often automatically mean less energy is required leaving a smaller footprint. These ideas eventually resulted in the KODA.”
Head architect, founder
According to Mr Mark, who is also a keen sailor, the mission of Kodasema was to change the construction sector by developing a small, sustainable and mobile home so that it can be easily placed on vacant or temporarily vacant plots in city centres. This helps serving the cycles of the real-estate industry in many urban environments, solving the problem of property owners who wish to play with the timing of their development.
“The next few decades will see the construction industry change: we all need to work together to make cities and communities safe and sustainable and start building houses as well as cities in an environmentally responsible way. What we need more of are inclusive communities that support fragile ecosystems. We need communities that are built to meet the needs of women, children, the elderly, and ensure a safe home for everyone, so we can learn and grow as a society. KODA is a building block for this process.”
Media about KODA
Estonian World Review, 30.12.2021 – Estonian designed modular houses now available in US and Canada
Frankfurter Allgemeine, 24.09.2021 – Wohnen auf ganz kleinem Fuß
PBC Today, 19.08.2021 – Modular homes and the global housing crisis: A step in the right direction?
bau-welt.de, 18.08.2021 – Tiny House als große Idee
Architekturblatt, 28.06.2021 – hanova lässt Tiny-Houses „einschweben“
Noord Hollands Dagblad, 15.06.2021 – Basecamp in IJmuiden aan Zee wil internationaal uitbreiden…
Property Investor Today, 09.06.2021 – Staycation boom drives demand for holiday home developments
Forbes, 21.05.2021 – Tackling The Global Housing Crisis: Is The Future Modular?
Hannoversche Allgemeine, 12.02.2021 – Hanova baut Tiny Houses in Linden – Bewerbung jetzt möglich
BILD, 12.02.2021 – So klein kann Wohnen sein
Hash-Casa, 01.01.2021 – プカプカ浮かぶ水上の家。エストニアの木造プレファブ「KODA Light Float」
Yay Cork, 30.12.2020 – Small is Beautiful: Go tiny in 2021 with €57k all-weather micro-dwelling
Disain / MoodneKodu 14.12.2020 – Ühe maja kolm nägu — eestlaste väikemaja KODA Austrias, Iirimaal ja Saksamaal
Vaba Eesti Sõna 16.11.2020 – KODA on jõudnud Ameerikasse!
Hors Site 03.11.2020 – KODA, le luxe minimaliste
INTERIOR+DESIGN 01.11.2020 – Kodasema: новый префаб в скандинавском стиле
The Spaces 27.10.2020 – Kodasema’s Nordic tiny homes are now available in the USA
Dwell 21.10.2020 – Kodasema Launches Prefab Tiny Homes in the U.S. Starting at $95K
Business Insider 15.10.2020 – A wildly hyped $95,000 ‘Loft’ tiny home will be available in the US soon
Bouwtotaal 02.10.2020 – KODA Light komt uit Estland
Planete Deco 14.09.2020 – Cette mini maison design de 25m2 se livre partout en Europe
Sirp 21.08.2020 – Tehasemajade kümnend
In a Bottle 07.05.2020 – Koda Loft Float, la casa prefabbricata galleggiante dal tocco luminoso e versatile
Idealista PT 14.01.2020 – Uma minicasa pré-fabricada, eficiente e luxuosa… que se constrói num só dia
Idealista 13.01.2020 – Una minicasa prefabricada, eficiente y lujosa que se construye en un solo día
The Sunday Times 05.01.2020 – Is Micro Living the Future?
Stuttgarter Zeitung 22.12.2019 – Diese sieben Bauten werden bleiben
Idealista 10.10.2019 – Con esta genial casa prefabricada puedes vivir flotando sobre las aguas
Dwell 04.04.2019 – Kodasema Launches Four Tiny Prefab Homes—Including One That Floats
Business Insider 21.03.2019 – This $55,000 floating tiny home can be assembled in one day
Yadokari 12.03.2019 – 水にも浮くプレハブハウス!? エストニア発の「KODA」