Geodesic solar-powered Life Pod can be towed with regular car (Video)

Michael Weekes
© Michael Weekes

Small homes come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from your typical rectangular box, to earthen hobbit homes, to circular yurts. And they can also be geodesic, as American engineer and inventor Michael Weekes shows with his self-built dome-inspired home, a lightweight and portable version of a tiny home he has dubbed the Life Pod. It weighs less than 1,500 pounds -- which means that it can fit on a jet ski trailer and can be towed by a regular car. Check out this video from South Carolina ETV:

Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes
Michael WeekesSouth Carolina ETV/Video screen capture

Weekes -- who we've seen build previous works like this geodesic houseboat -- says that he is inspired by simpler living and the ideas of Buckminster Fuller. The 13.25 feet by 8.25 feet wide, 112-square-foot home consists of two geodesic domes placed on their sides and melded with a central 10-sided cylinder, made out of wood framing and clad with TPO foam and luan wood panelling.

Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes
Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes
Michael WeekesSouth Carolina ETV/Video screen capture
Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes
Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes

There is a removable access door that leads into a cozy interior with two windows. Despite its size, the Life Pod still boasts a interior shower, double mattress, sink, composting toilet and a hot water tank. It's powered by two 300-watt solar panels, but can be hooked up to the grid as well. The fact that it's not a box means there's some interior volume lost, but it's much lighter and more aerodynamic than a regular, orthogonal tiny home, resulting in fuel savings and not having to buy or rent a pickup truck. The Life Pod offers true mobility, says Weekes on Gizmag:

There are many tiny homes out there, but none offer the light weight, capacity, capability and aerodynamic shape that only reduce your mileage by perhaps 5 miles per gallon that Life Pod does.

Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes

Weekes sees the Life Pod as the alternative lifestyle answer for retired boomers who want to travel, millennials who are looking for an affordable and lightweight tiny home option, and also as a potential relief shelter for people affected by natural disasters. So far, after the prototype's completion earlier this year, Weekes has gone on a four-month, 800-mile tour with the Life Pod, to test and refine the unit's capabilities.

Michael Weekes© Michael Weekes

Weekes will be selling custom-built versions of the Life Pod for USD $19,900 -- solar kits will come in at an extra $2,900. DIY kits and plans can be found for $399. For more info, check out Life Pod on Facebook.

Tags: Camping | Domes | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces

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