One new industry they're adding to their repertoire seems to be tiny homes, as the ContiHome is a very real structure and one that can show just what can be achieved in today's world. However, ContiHome is a bit more than just a mobile home, and that's what we'll be discovering today.
If you happen to make it to the manufacturer's website, one thing you'll understand as you dive deeper into the project is that it's actually a "showroom" meant to reveal the level of know-how that Continental has been amassing all these years.
To understand what I mean, Ralf Imbery, Director of Innovation, Transformation, and Design at Continental, says that this project is "A house that was developed from the ground up with our competence in the construction and furniture industries and our surface know-how."
Now, Continental doesn't mention what materials are used in building ContiHome, nor do they mention the compositional makeup for any of the composites seen in the images. What we do know is that the manufacturer aimed to create as sustainable a product as possible, even mentioning that the window profiles are 100% recyclable. Oh, and that there's 32 sq m (344 sq ft) of space available.
Another aim of this project is to show the world just how far this manufacturer has come in its ability to create not just a smart home but an "intelligent" one. The intelligence aspect refers to the furniture found inside the habitat.
Another area that boasts a heavily modular design is the workplace that sits via the kitchen. On a whim's notice, two work tables and seating can be pulled out of a seemingly simple storage area.
I also mentioned that ContiHome is designed to be as smart as technology will permit at this time. Sure, there are no Roomba's running around, and your meals aren't prepared by some robot, but via a touchscreen mounted by the front door or an app on your phone, you can control features like lighting, temperature, and even some appliances. Be sure to check out the "hidden" clock that's made visible via a "translucent material."
Entry into the trailer home is made via two entrances, either a simple door or via the patio. Once inside, we can start our journey from the living room I mentioned and head to the other side. In doing so, we'll pass by a kitchen and the modular workspace, seen in the video, while the rear features the bathroom and its full-sized amenities.
In the end, I was able to find out some of the materials Continental used and developed for ContiHome. The bedroom features conceptual Acella Hylite material that reacts with ambient lighting and aims to be integrated into dashboards and door panels of real cars, artificial leather from skai, and vinyl flooring from d-c-floor. The wood beams and framing needs no introduction.
Downstairs, skai is the manufacturer called upon for most of the surfaces, and flooring is once again from d-c-floor. Now, the way I was able to find out what all is in this mobile home and how it's all set up is by checking out the 3D walk-through, a feature meant to help you fully grasp the wonder before you; try it out.
Personally, I don't think ContiHome will be the first nor the last mobile living project from a manufacturer that normally doesn't have much to do with this industry, so keep your eyes peeled. How do you feel about this booming tiny home industry?
We want to show the diverse options we offer with our wide range of products such as #surfacematerials, design elements, functional areas, as well as our expertise in the #construction and #furniture industry and our surface know-how. #WeMoveTheWorld pic.twitter.com/qIkS3hJZdv— Continental Industry (@Conti_Industry) February 3, 2022