Metapod backyard tiny studio delivers best of NY’s urban-rural




Inspired by a large window he salvaged from the street, Jerome Levin set out to build his children a playhouse in the backyard of his Roslyn Harbor, New York home. Not wanting to build something his kids would outgrow, he built a 125-square-foot, permitted studio with a sleeping loft that is part guesthouse, part fort and part garden retreat.

It took Levin a year and half working weekends to finish what he calls the “metapod”. “Pod seems to suggest a small confined space, storage or living space,” he explains. “And meta means ‘beyond’, so it suggests something that’s turned toward the future, something that doesn’t really exist, some kind of a new concept, that’s what I meant by ‘metapod’”.

His children use it for homework, play and slumber parties. The family use it for family dinners and movie nights. Levin uses it as an escape pod from a “bombastic” world: “just to try to be in harmony with nature. I love to interact with the birds, the wind, the sky, all these things you take for granted”.

Levin sees the possibilities for his L-shaped design, arranged to maximize the 100-square-foot footprint while providing separation between spaces, beyond the backyard. “Ultimately this would really be great for college campuses, I can just envision student accommodations or entire villages like this where you have metapods that are interlocked with one another, reverse footprint because it has an L shape, reversed and have communal spaces- kitchens and bathrooms- right in the middle that can be shared.”

Jerome A Levin: www.jeromealevin.com

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41 Comments

  1. Richard O'Reilly
    October 9, 2016
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    You done good dude. Very cool well thought out design.

  2. Oie d'etudiant
    October 9, 2016
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    Good that the inside and outside are different worlds. And kids enjoy it, too.

  3. Das Wars
    October 9, 2016
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    Amazing design and idea. Finally something great again.

  4. Manuele De Lisio
    October 9, 2016
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    "…each bolt maybe supports 50 pounds or…100 pounds…"
    A scientific approach! 🙂

  5. Liam Hotspur
    October 9, 2016
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    no way volks, if i would have to live in there i would never ever move to ny, sorry.

  6. lildixiebelle
    October 9, 2016
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    ..innovative. .cool!

  7. viride soryu-langley
    October 9, 2016
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    Good idea but it looks very cold and sterile, I can't believe the kids like it.

  8. lancedaniels
    October 9, 2016
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    Hello and thank you for posting. So nice to see his childrens' response at his grand opening.

  9. das hasguns
    October 10, 2016
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    How are people building these? I can't even build a 8×6 shed on my 1/4 acre.

  10. Janice
    October 10, 2016
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    it was so nice to see the children enjoying the space together.

  11. Kieran Mcgarry
    October 10, 2016
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    I love this! Wish I had something like this haha, sometimes you just don't want to be in the house but also you don't want to go to a coffee shop or anything. This looks really awesome for kids & young adults, especially.

  12. intotheoceanbloo
    October 10, 2016
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    I expected Pokemon.

  13. Mary May
    October 10, 2016
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    if it has a toilet…its perfect

  14. MakeMeThinkAgain
    October 10, 2016
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    As lovely as the floor is, I would have thought carpet would be more comfortable for sleep-overs.

  15. Jennifer H.
    October 10, 2016
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    add a cooking area, additional sleeping area & toilet, and maybe open closet, then there u go!

  16. mick hunt
    October 10, 2016
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    just buy a tent!

  17. Google User
    October 10, 2016
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    well, that's 12 minutes i won't be getting back

  18. Mafia Cod
    October 10, 2016
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    Nah man Metapod is a Pokemon.

  19. CALife
    October 10, 2016
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    Bet he sleeps there when his wife is mad at him.

  20. speed racer
    October 10, 2016
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    Um, it's a box with a window. The video is about three times longer than it needed to be for the subject.

  21. Liselle Coker
    October 10, 2016
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    and the cool dad award goes to this guy…

  22. Qris TV
    October 10, 2016
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    pretty cool

  23. Bernhard Michael Fux
    October 10, 2016
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    The poor Girls must play Cards ? Don`t they have Smartphones ? (lol² )

  24. bRad Nichols
    October 10, 2016
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    Your brilliance makes you a cool dude & thanks for taking your valuable TIME to upload this for the rest of us to enjoy ! ! !

  25. Oakland Ron
    October 10, 2016
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    i really love this build!

  26. Spiral Python
    October 10, 2016
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    Love it. If this was in my backyard I would be in there all day… mumma space; stuff the kids… all it needs is a kettle and a couple of cushions to make the perfect undisturbed reading place. And I could happily listen to the maker's voice all day as my background noise… thanks for sharing

  27. Juniper Jupiter
    October 11, 2016
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    Ha ha! Love the kids' reaction when they first saw it! 😀 <3

  28. Catherine Hatt
    October 11, 2016
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    I would love to have one of these to use as my craft/office room.

  29. Phresh Ideas + Designs
    October 11, 2016
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    Very nice space. The kids' reaction to the unveiling said it all.

  30. Derek Diedricksen
    October 11, 2016
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    Good stuff (as always) Kirsten!

  31. therasheck
    October 12, 2016
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    very nice!

  32. DK Jamito
    October 12, 2016
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    rad design. the kids' reaction was priceless. i wouldnt have recommend small children on the loft tho,kinda dangerous.

  33. creations landscape designs
    October 12, 2016
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    I love how you show truly small spaces. For those like me that live in a small spaces it's nice to know we are not alone.

  34. Sean Reed
    October 14, 2016
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    Cool lil retreat

  35. T2H Instructionals
    October 16, 2016
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    It was nice and I did see a Japanese influence in his design and thoughts towards the idea.

  36. disco 07
    October 24, 2016
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    Pretty soon NY landlords will try to sell people baby shacks like this crap

  37. feachen1318
    November 5, 2016
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    The big window really makes this cabin stand out. Everything pays off when you see the kids are exhilarating.

  38. eunseo the flirt
    November 16, 2016
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    These kids are so lucky to grow up with a super cool dad like him!

  39. ken cole
    January 1, 2017
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    this is a joke

  40. Spyx
    January 30, 2017
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    how does he heat this thing in winter?

  41. char lev
    May 20, 2017
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    Lol that's my dad

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