Life in a box


It looks like, er, a box. But in fact it’s a home – and a comfortable one at that, says Sussex Press.

The Cube has been billed as “an innovative modular living prototype”.

It is likely to attract great interest at the forthcoming Lewes and district Eco Open Houses event, which showcases homes that inspire with ideas for green living and cutting energy bills.

The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page, of the University of Hertfordshire, who set out to build a compact, modern home no bigger than 3x3x3 metres on the inside - that’s just shy of 10ft square - in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.

Constructed froma variety of sustainable materials, The Cube provides everything that a single person (or two friendly people) might need.

Within its 27 cubic metres it includes a living room, with a table and two custom-made chairs, a small double bed, a full-size shower, a kitchen (with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, recirculating cooker hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards), a washing machine and a composting lavatory.

Lighting is achieved by ultra efficient LED lights and The Cube is heated using an Ecodan air-source heat pump, with heat being recovered from extracted air. It has cork flooring and there is a two-metre head height throughout.

It all sounds like Dr Who’s Tardis. The structure can be found in the car park at Laughton Lodge, Common Lane, Laughton.

This year’s Lewes ECO Open Houses event will see 16 eco-friendly homes open their doors to the public, nine for the first time. Lewes Homes will open on September 14 and 15, and Barcombe, Ditchling and the surrounding villages will open on September 21 and 22.

The inspiring homes on show range from renovated Victorian cottages to 1960s conversions and stunning new-build properties designed by architects. All have drastically cut their electricity, gas and water bills as well as carbon emissions.

The homes are free to visit and all are welcome. Visitors can see and hear how – with a bit of determination and imagination – it is possible to make cost effective alterations that will significantly reduce a home’s energy consumption.

Event organiser Neil Williams said: “The UK’s CO2 reduction targets, and ever increasing fuel prices mean that houses like these are going to have to become the norm rather than the exception.”

Details of addresses and opening hours can be found at