Simon Becker: “The conventional way of one-model-suits-all, in terms of living, is on the edge.”

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CleanTechnica keeps on publishing some of The Beam interviews and opinion pieces twice a week. The Beam magazine takes a modern perspective on the energy transition, interviewing inspirational people from around the world that shape our sustainable energy future.

This week, Anne-Sophie Garrigou, journalist at The Beam, interviewed Simon Becker, CEO and Co-Founder of Cabin Spacey, a young Berlin-based company which builds environmentally friendly, contemporary, intelligent, modular, and flexible little cabins for the growing generation of digital nomads and people who are often on the move.

How are your rooftop homes adapted to new living demands?

We are only beginning to discover and innovate ourselves to these new ways of living, but we know the strongest driver is flexibility. To create a truly dynamic form of living, the flexibility needs to be deep in any detail of the concept. The way Cabin Spacey is designed, measures, and weighs makes it mobile, rooftops as great resource means it comes directly to the city centers, and of course the way people can book and access the fully equipped cabin make a difference also. So the duration of your stay shouldn’t be a barrier. No check-in or -out times. No everlasting search for the best host on platforms and not the sterile and anonymous touch of a hotel. Just a home anywhere.

What are the specifics of the homes you are building?

From my perspective, Cabin Spacey is just serving a state of the art mindset: ecologically built, energy harvesting, no unhealthy materials, and equipped with the tech, software and services that are on the market. But if I look left and right it seems that the sum of these components already make it an innovative product. So the potential for the housing of the future to develop is still huge and we are just about to challenge the first steps.

Berlin, Paris, Barcelona: what are the requirements to be able to build this kind of house on a rooftop?

The technical and planning issues are crazy. My partner Andreas is taking care of that part and  —  thank god  —  he is a genius! Here’s what you need at least: a building permit, clarification of structural and static concerns, fire protection and emergency exits, safety barriers, and of course the technical connection to water and power to the given infrastructure. But within the process there is a lot more that can (and will) come along to tackle. Well, it’s building!

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