Published on February 8, 2021
A Revolutionary Way to Escape
Jupe, the New Urban Escape Pod
By Juli Pisano
A new tiny-living start-up has launched its sci-fi inspired portable shelters, or “cosmos-inspired urban escape pods”!
Founded by Jeff Wilson, an ex-IBM project manager known for living in a dumpster for a year and later creating the Kasita tiny home and designed with a talented team of ex Tesla, SpaceX, and Airbnb employees, Jupe is a portable prefab shelter that can go just about anywhere. The objective? For individual owners to set up Jupe in remote locations for COVID-safe getaways, and for rental hosts to add additional units to properties with high demand.
“The desire to get out of the cities that we’ve seen over the past decade and the acceleration of that trend during the pandemic has drained short-term stay inventory for those that want to experience nature,” Wilson said in a statement, release in December. “Further, the recent success of the IPOs in this space and the off-the-charts demand to “stay close” make the timing for short-term stay products like Jupe impeccable.“
Beyond offering an ample interior, side windows heighten the sense of openness, providing cross-ventilation and natural light. The unit’s front-facing facade opens up into a single large panoramic window to take in awe-inspiring wide angle views. Splashes of warm desert tones enliven a minimal aesthetic that merges contemporary and functional design.
Shipped as a flat-pack, the tent can be assembled in a few hours and are USD$17,500.
“Experiencing the natural wonders of the world shouldn’t mean being forced to disconnect while staying in a less-than-inspirational living space,’ comments Jeff Wilson, co-founder and CEO. “Jupe is an out-of-this-city getaway inspired by out-of-this-world ideas. During these times when most of us are craving a true escape, Jupe provides an experience perfectly suited for socially distanced travel.”
Jupe is a high-design prefab shelter technology company, building products enabling short-term travellers to escape into the wilds of nature while remaining plugged in. Founded by Jeff Wilson, a modular housing and design innovator, Jupe was designed and built by former SpaceX, Tesla, and AirBnB employees. Jupe’s design is inspired by cosmic aesthetics with a comfortable, modern interior. Jupe units are available for pre-order in December 2020, with the first deliveries expected in Spring 2021.