Bengaluru's Anshul Chodha, is an award-winning architect who wants to create sustainable housing solutions.
All of 160 sq ft, and with a guarantee over a long period, the Zen Den is the true insta-house for the Instagram generation. Thanks to Bengaluru-based Anshul Chodha’s brilliant start-up, urban living spaces might be revolutionised.
Now, don’t wait an entire year for a house to get built, as the Zen Den can be fabricated in a matter of 3-4 weeks, and installed in a day!
Compact, yet spacious and excellent living space, the typical Zen Den has the typical components of a regular house. A living room, breakfast-counter-cum-study-table, a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, storage space and a deck. All contained within 160 sq ft of space.
The best part?
No permissions are required to set up the Zen Den-as it is not a permanent structure. Install this anywhere you’d like–on a plot of land or even on the roof of a building!
The Better India spoke to Anshul about the concept of this revolutionary living space.
“All you need is electricity and water sources,” he says, stressing on the fact that the Zen Den can be dismantled and moved from one place to another easily. It can be installed everywhere, he says, from a terrace to a garden, or a mountain or at the beach.
Zen Den came to be because Anshul says that he did not want to build a permanent structure on an existing house.
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As is usually the case, necessity was the mother of innovation. The award-winning architect was looking to construct a temporary structure, as he was working out of leased space. The complicated lease terms meant Anshul would have to forgo the permanent structure at some point. Thus, came the concept of the Zen Den, as Anshul wanted a self-use workspace.
The partially-constructed temporary workspace Anshul created went on to be Zen Den’s first draft.
The Zen Den is truly sustainable, in every sense of the term.
“The construction industry contributes to around 40% of the world pollution. As an architect, I need to look at alternative building methods and materials,” Anshul shares.
It does not help that conventional construction materials like sand and concrete are scarce and expensive.
With architects already on the lookout to source alternative construction materials, Anshul’s project aims to find suitable building materials and methods which will challenge the established norms of built structures.
Limited only by your imagination, the uses the Zen Den can be put to, are varied. A house, or office space, a homestay, a store, a cafe or a retail space, the Zen Den is truly versatile.
“It might be small, but there is no design compromise,” Anshul says, explaining that one enquiry for the Zen Den came from a monk, who was thinking whether 300 Zen Dens would fit on a mountain side. Yet another person wanted to convert the Zen Den into a spa, as a gift for his wife. The uses this insta-house can be put into, are many.
The Zen Den itself has charming and aesthetic interiors, and the compact space has been cleverly optimised. Couches fold up against walls, shelves move around to suit storage needs, and centre tables are tucked under couches. Doors open up to reveal a basic kitchen, with drawer space for utensils or spices. There is even a bar. The compact bathroom has a water closet and a shower, and the dining table is folded up into the wall.
The Zen Den has already partnered with home equipment companies, so expect a Siemen’s microwave, Kohler bathroom fittings, Fanzart fans, an AO Smith RO Water Purifier, and Kingsmen Wooden Floor Specialists.
Zen Dens use birchwood, and Anshul via his project hopes to project the insta-house as a solution. Well, compact and loaded with amenities, this insta-house is perfect for the Instagram generation!
Contact Zen Den on 9686851944.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)