Japan’s constant innovations have pushed the boundaries of modern electronics. So, when a Japanese aluminum manufacturer considers the issue of housing and living space, what do they come up with?


An aluminum house, of course. Well, that’s more like a portable aluminum dorm room. At the equivalent of $29,000, it’s a cozy living for those that can handle a minimalist lifestyle. From Kotaku:


Dubbed “T2”, the interior of this housing unit measures seven feet by 12 feet across. The ceiling is over seven and a half feet high. The dwellings look cozy, and probably are not exactly ideal for claustrophobes.


“T2” is short for “Transfer Technology Unit”. Each T2 is built in a factory and then delivered to the residence site via flatbed. T2 is the brainchild of the SUS Corporation, an aluminum parts manufacturer.


Inside, there are modern conveniences: A unit comes with a bed, a toilet, a shower, a sink, a kitchenette (with a fridge, a microwave, and a portable stove, etc.), a TV, and air conditioning as standard. And yes, most of the interior fixtures are made of, you guessed it, aluminum.


Of course, aluminum is a well-known conductor of heat, so the T2 units are insulated with urethane foam. A little cramped? Perhaps, but for innovation on a budget, it’s better than many alternatives.