Greece may conjure visions of rambling beachfront villas awash in white, so this little “monocabin” in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, certainly feels like a departure. Still, it’s got that signature Hellenic whitewash and sleek lines associated with Greek island architecture—but best of all, it’s a “plug-and-play” prefab design now available to order.
Design-minded accommodation company BoutiqueHomes recently became the official distributor of the monocabin in the U.S. and Europe. Designed by Milan-based product design studio Mandalaki, the dwelling measures about 280 square feet, and is easy to assemble, thanks to the modular concrete panels that make up its walls. Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. The pieces include a built-in bed, kitchen cabinetry and console, and storage.
Numerous windows—clerestory, full-height, and otherwise—characterize the structure, flooding the home with natural light, a must in the sunny Mediterranean climate, while pale concrete floors and ceiling, plus the strategic placement of surrounding trees, cool the space. Monocabin even comes with a patio and outdoor shower to facilitate open-air living. The site also includes Earth Brick solar lamps and a couple of other products by Mandalaki.
“The dream was to build a livable and modular design object we could place anywhere in the world sharing our design philosophy,” said Mandalaki on its website.
Priced at $56,094 (plus up to $6,500 for shipping to the U.S.), the monocabin delivers in five months and installs within seven days.