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Downsizing is becoming a priority for many in this new economic reality, and while the innovative Taku-Tanku home by the company Stereotank, may not be adequate as a permanent residence, it does make for a very sustainable cabin or tent alternative. Once assembled, it is even light enough to be towed on the back of a bicycle.

Stereotank’s Taku-Tanku is made of two 670-gallon water tanks, which are joined together by a ring of wood. This wooden ring also serves the purpose of forming the entrance and the skylight of the tiny house. The house is very small and can be assembled easily. It sits on a two-wheeled trailer and is light enough to be towed by hand, or attached to the back of a bicycle. It can also be towed by car or, according to the designers, attached to the back of a boat.

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The interior space measures around 96 square feet. Regardless of its modest size, the Taku-Tanku tiny house can still be used to accommodate up to three people and even comes with a luggage storage compartment. It was designed by Takahiro Fukuda and Stereotank for the Little House Competition in Saitama, Japan, earlier this year. It showcases how easily a no-frills, adaptable shelter can be built using easy-to-find items and repurposed materials.

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This house was made to offer a tiny home solution, which is both compact and affordable, and ready for use anywhere in the world. The Taku-Tanku tiny house is fitted with solar-powered LED lights. As such it makes for a great alternative to a tent when going camping, since it offers better protection from the elements. It could also serve as a guesthouse, but is perhaps a little too cramped to be a full-time home.

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The makers are currently trying to find a sponsor, which would be willing to fund a prototype of the Taku-Tanku tiny home. They expect this first prototype to cost about $8,000 to $10,000.