Looking to Downsize? (posted 8th December 2015)
Well how about one of these compact homes from around the world (courtesy of domain.com.au).
The first is a VIPP Shelter. It is a ‘plug and play’ getaway that allows you to escape urban chaos in a 552m2 all-inclusive nature retreat. “The simple steel grid structurally supports the two level space, where only the bathroom and bed loft is shielded from the main living space. Within the transparent shell, nature is omnipresent yet with a physical blindage that provides shelter from weather conditions. The recurring element of steel and the interior fitted with Vipp products ranging from hooks to lamps to kitchen convince you that you have entered a Vipp product. Like all products in the interior this construction is a tool made to accomplish something – in this case to facilitate an escape to nature. It is neither a house nor a mobile home. Rather it is spacious, functional, and liveable industrial object.”
The second is the Tiny House in Australia where 18m2 of floor space house all your homly needs. “Our tiny homes are built with composting toilets and on-board greywater treatment as standard and are wired ready for solar panels. While permanent dwellings in Queensland are required by law to be connected to existing grids (electrical, town water supply, waste infrastructure), a tiny house on wheels can be used off-grid or semi-off-grid as you see fit.”
The third design is from Muji in Japan who have designed a minimalist home. They have three hut options, Hut of Cork, Hut of Aluminium and the (pictured) Hut of Wood.
The fourth is a Nano-Home, POD-Idladla from South Africa and has an area of 17m2 that comfortably sleeps two. The steeply pitched roof allows for a maximum number of solar panels.
Number five on the list is found in Brazilian Atlantic Forest, the ARCA At 130m2 this is a somewhat larger ‘small home’ and can “comfortably house two couples and their kids and is inteded as a recreational and professional creative retreat…”
Number six comes from California and is a Studio Building by design practice Stonorov Workshop. At 37m2 this 100 year old barn has two levels.
Seventh on the list is The Waterhaus by Green Pod Development in Washington. This 42.5m2 small home is focused on sustainability, natural light and being energy efficient. There are also movable walls and glass interiors to enlarge the space.
The eighth home is the Studio Retreat in Chappaqua, New York. Workshop/APD designed this 27m2 abode which integrates into its natural environment due to the wood cladding and many large, glass windows.
Number nine is floating cabin called The Redneck Yacht Club / Chateau Bathtub This 22m2 home took a decade to construct and is an off-grid summer isle for its owners, Foy and Louisa Brown.
The tenth and final build is The Mill House in Sweden, by architect Gert Wingardhs. The design is based around the traditional ritual of sauna “baking together and then nipping out for a quick dip”.
Have a great day,