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The Skysphere: Modern High Tech Tiny Cabin with 360 Views

This is a modern and high-tech tiny cabin with 360 views called The Skysphere.

Just one look at the outside and you’ll see why – suspended at the top of a tall white pole is a globular structure that looks worthy of a science fiction novel. Six white beams create the sphere and tinted glass encapsulated the center portion.

When you go inside, you’ll find a clean and sparse interior, with a bed and a long couch hugging the glass walls. You get to the sphere via an enclosed ladder in the center of the supporting pole. Solar panels on the top of the sphere provide energy for the whole space. Watch the video below for more details about this futuristic home.

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Video: The Skysphere High-Tech Retreat

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Janp
    March 2, 2016, 11:02 am

    Not loving this one. Sorry

  • Russ Stanley
    March 2, 2016, 6:00 pm

    I love the design! If you could build it a little bigger, add a bathroom & mini kitchen, replace the ladder with an elevator, I can see great potential. You could place these in existing built up areas, such as areas with single family homes already there. You could even put multiple towers like this next to each other at different heights so that all would have a view.

    • March 2, 2016, 7:44 pm

      The problem with elevators is not only the infrastructure and building codes, the cost is prohibitive for a home – starting at around $300,000 for one that meets all building codes including the infrastructure.

      Better yet, would be some kind of hoist system like they use on farms to get the 60 lb hay bales into the barn lofts.

      • Eric
        September 4, 2016, 7:44 pm

        At the risk of sounding pedantic (and I am) is a hoist not an elevator? Why, yes it is. It lifts you (or something) up, therefore elevates, which meets the definition of an… elevator.

  • Dawn Jackson
    March 2, 2016, 6:14 pm

    If tiny houses are supposed to be less intrusive then this one does not fill that requirement. If I lived nearby and had to look at that instead of the beautiful countryside I would be very upset.

    • Joyce
      September 4, 2016, 5:09 pm

      Would you consider ‘less intrusive’ home such as tree houses, silo, windmill, or the ones you often see built on the edge of a rock cliff?

    • Eric
      September 4, 2016, 7:47 pm

      No one has an inherent “right” to a “view.”

      For that reason, those people who want such and such view ensure that they cannot be built out. If they have the money. Otherwise they suck it up. And that is life whether you like it or not.

  • Kelly Libert
    March 3, 2016, 1:04 am

    I don’t think that tiny houses are “supposed” to be anything specific. My ideal tiny house is 400 sq.ft. of containers on concrete piers with a septic system. Someone else’s ideal might be less than half that size on a trailer with a compost toilet. For others it might be on-the-grid small cottages. We’ve seen plenty of apartments, hobbit homes, prefabs, and yurts. In cities, in the mountains, and by beaches. There’s a world of innovation and creativity in tiny homes and it is too fluid a concept to stymie with any rules. That is why I enjoy coming here and seeing it all.

  • KLS
    March 3, 2016, 9:18 am

    I did not see a toilet in any of the provided photos.

    And do not break your arm, leg or back if you want to get up that ladder.

    In fact, not a “house”, in most jurisdictions, for those reasons alone. Seems to be just a high tech toy for the builder. And kind of an eyesore for the neighbors.

    • Eric
      September 4, 2016, 7:54 pm

      No, it is a cabin. Nowhere does it say it is a house. In fact the guy who built this did it for the learning experience. I believe he is now world famous in New Zealand. And especially with a few of the local sheilas too.

  • Elizabeth
    March 3, 2016, 6:51 pm

    Wow! Kudos to this young man. Creative and willing to learn whatever he doesn’t know to bring his ideas into reality. Take a well-deserved bow.

  • Adina Hirschmann
    August 30, 2016, 5:26 pm

    In order to be a functional home, a structure needs a working kitchen and bathroom. All I saw was just one room.

    • Eric
      September 4, 2016, 7:55 pm

      Again, it is just a cabin. Not a home. Read the articles properly and don’t work off the sites name as being indicative of all structures shown.

  • Peggie
    September 4, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Usually when I watch a tiny house video, I am checking to see how much longer it is going to last. With this one, I was like, “it’s over already?” This is just amazing! Not the house for me, for sure, but what an impressive young man and an impressive accomplishment!

  • Elle
    September 5, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Woah. Interesting, unique, great view, sleek and love the computer controls. I found the beer dispenser hilarious. He gave a lot of thought to it, apparently. Reminds me of funniest stories I’ve been told about Aussie men and their love of beer. Impressive construction in any case. Just shows us all that if you want to create something, experience or none, you can.

  • Large Marge
    September 5, 2016, 1:16 pm

    Nine minutes and thirty-six seconds of SMILES!

    Soft-spoken humble geek scores big!

    And we notice all the other phone commands were simple commands, but for the beer, he added a ‘please’. Priorities. Total fun!

  • September 6, 2016, 6:47 am

    Singular typical type of a dream the whole “tecnology” at the expence of form and functionality, is the realization of those who want to get away completely from everything and everyone, talking refuge in a sufficient self control tower. Claustrophobic! But everyone is entitled to exteriorize their dreams and true freedom is this.

  • tanya hohe
    September 6, 2016, 9:10 pm

    Hum…ok cool enough but not a home, sorry you have to be able to go to the bathroom somewhere….more like a bedroom for a fitness fanatic or restless leg syndrome…i would be ready for a nap once i made the climb

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