Photography: Sam Gezari

Space travel was the inspiration for this flat-pack cabin by prefab company Jupe, which offers a futuristic alternative to tents.

The pod is a step up from the usual canvas teepee, supported by a set of illuminated LED rods that emphasise the Jupe’s sci-fi appearance after the sun sets. Jupe founder Jeff Wilson has joked that the cabin’s blueprints were beamed out from the last transmission of the 2001: A Space Odyssey monolith.

As well as its striking appearance, the pod offers a few extras that go beyond the most souped-up yurt. Its birch flooring lifts to reveal storage space for guests’ belongings – including enough room for 10 suitcases – while solar panels and battery packs power WiFi and USB ports. Those that want to amp up the futuristic vibes can also request extras, including voice control.

Jupe pod - a sci-fi take on the classic tent
Photography: Sam Gezari

The company says Jupe takes a few hours to assemble, with its raised foundation meaning it should work across various terrains. The cabins are available to pre-order, with a starting price tag of $17,500. Jupe expects to begin delivery in March 2021, and plans to tour some of the pods through California and Nevada.

Jupe pod - a sci-fi take on the classic tent
Photography: Sam Gezari
Jupe pod - a sci-fi take on the classic tent
Photography: Sam Gezari

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