Stacked volumes and space-saving floor plans feature in this roundup of 10 tiny houses around the world, from an Australian mobile cabin on wheels to a micro home in Tokyo with a pair of funnelled roofs.
“You have to be experimental and clever with regards to its utmost usage and we looked towards how diverse and extendable the space could be within the tiny plot,” said the studio.
Base Cabin is a geometric micro home that features a sleek rubber skin and is mobile thanks to a set of wheels on which it can roll.
Melbourne-based Studio Edwards took cues from the recognisable A-frame hut for the cabin’s design, which was created in this shape for its structural efficiency as well as to give a neat and compact appearance.
Architecture office El Sindicato attached the dwelling to the existing building with steel foundations and included a bathroom, kitchen, bed and living space in the design, as well as save-spacing storage areas.
Like Base Cabin, Casa Parásito is formed from an A-frame timber structure that aims to make the most of limited interior space.
With a limited width of 4.26 metres, the Koto x Abodu model is designed to be easily transported and features various save-spacing elements – from storage under the home’s only bed, to a built-in bench in the living room and a petite galley kitchen.
One-storey Jupp House was designed to replace an old garage and shed on a plot of land at the end of a suburban garden in Acton, London.
Local firm Phillips Tracey Architects clad the house in dark brick and grey zinc. Internal floor space of just 66 metres is made up of two connected wings that display an irregularly angled roofline.
Despite its only four-metre-wide and six-metre-deep site, the house is designed to feel bright and airy through the addition of lightwells and perforated walls that open out its interior spaces.
Brazilian architect Marilia Pellegrini demonstrated the potential of reusing shipping containers by designing a micro show-home inside a pair and decorating the interiors with minimalist Nendo furniture.
Created in São Paulo, the repurposed Casa Container is comprised of two 12-metre long containers that have been covered in sleek white Dekton, highlighting how industrial objects can be disguised and transformed to create luxury housing.
A skinny, L-shaped structure defines Jewel by Apollo Architects and Associates, a black steel-clad home in Tokyo that is just 1.4-metres-wide on its smallest side.
Building with a crowded site in mind is a common approach to contemporary urban Japanese houses, due to finite and expensive land. For this project, the architecture firm was especially limited by the “flagpole” nature of the plot – square with a narrow approach in a heavily populated neighbourhood.
Prompted by the desire to provide affordable housing for young people in urban parts of Australia, Grimshaw Architects designed a set of 35-square-metre micro homes for Kids Under Cover, a charity that supports the country’s homeless youth.
Called The Peak, the non-profit prefabricated homes are especially created to accommodate affordable IKEA furniture and have high ceilings in order to give occupants a greater sense of space inside.
Architect Takeshi Hosaka built a tiny Tokyo house for himself and his wife that features a pair of funnel-like roofs that tops a total floor area of only 19 square metres.
The height of Love2 House’s slanted ceilings opens out its compact interior, which features a dining table located in close proximity to the street, while skylights and a floor-to-ceiling sliding door connect indoor and outdoor spaces.
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