Tokyo Tight

Tokyo, Japan  -  Unemori Architects Site Area:     34.27 m2  (370 sq. ft.) Building Envelope:    17.47 m2  (188 sq. ft.) Built Area:     67.34 m2  (727 sq. ft.) Photography: Unemori Architects Japan truly is the land of innovation when it comes to housing. It's cities are crowded,...

Toronto’s Tiniest Home

Toronto Canada Year Built:    1912 Built Area:     300 sq. ft. (27.8 m2) At just over 7 feet wide (2.2m), this must be one of the narrowest fixed homes in the developed world.  It also ranks as one of the smallest we've come across, excluding those built on...

Pocket Shelter

United States - Aaron Maret Design Built Studio Built area: 8' x 23' / 200 sqft Year built: Spring 2013

Roll It

Karlsruhe, Germany - University of Karlsruhe Could you live in a cylinder? This is the ultimate experiment in low-cost housing. Called 'Roll it', it was designed and built by collaborative teams at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Comprising of three independent cylinders, the unit is a complete dwelling with a...

Indy Island

Indianapolis, New York - Andrea Zittel Photography: Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge Can't afford an island? Make one! This tiny, inhabitable island was created by artist Andrea Zittel. Designed as an installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, it's accessible only by rowboat. The igloo-like floating island is 20 foot in...

Tiny Home Snapshots

In our search for material for 'tiny home' albums, we often come across interesting ideas and images but not enough of them to make an album. Sometimes we can find enough images but there is no story. Rather than pass these homes by, we've collated them here as inspiration.  Don't...

World’s Smallest Mobile Home

Beijing China  -  Dai Haifei As we've said before, it's always interesting to see the homes that architects build for themselves. In this instance, it was an architecture student who faced a common problem with a unique solution... An egg-shaped home on wheels - elegant, simple, and most certainly green!...

Where every bit of space counts

Paris France - Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet Built area:    12m2  (130 sq. ft.) Year Built:    2012 Living in the heart of any of the world's major cities like London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo and Paris may have it's benefits - but it also comes at a high price....

A Treehouse for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Atlanta Georgia - Peter Bahouth Photography: Jane Field-Lewis Tucked away in the middle of an Atlanta backyard, is this three-room treehouse strung together with wooden bridges.  Owner Peter Bahouth and builder Nick Hobbs created this eclectic space from an assortment of salvaged and recycled materials. Peter is an environmentalist whose love...

Living in a Bubble

France  -  BubbleTree Have you ever accused someone of living in a bubble? Well French design and manufacturing company Bubble Tree have made this a reality. There are two basic types of bubbles to choose from - the BubbleRoom which has a translucent bottom half for "privacy" or the CristalBubble...

The organic Hus-1

West coast  Sweden  -  Torsten Ottesjö Built area:    25m2  (270 sq. ft.) This tiny home designed and built by Ottesjö Torsten, may be the most organic home we've featured so far.  In fact, I can't look at it without thinking of the sand-worms from the movie Dune.  But don't let that...

Glamping in Bordeaux!

Bordeaux,  France - Bruit do Frigo OK - so like me you're probably curious about a company that calls itself 'Noise from the Fridge".  My French and Google Translate aren't enough to answer all the questions I had but here is the summary... In a fascinating experiment, these shelters are...

Love House – a story in two parts

Yokohama Kanagawa Japan - Takeshi Hosaka Architects Built:     2005 Site Area:     38m2 Few of us have ever lived in 38 m2 (410 sq. ft) let alone on a 38 m2 site!  We have previously featured the work of this architect and, when suggesting a feature on...

A Tiny House on a River Island

Sauvie Island Portland OR - Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Built: 1940 Renovated: 2009 Area:  50m2 (540 sq. ft.) When the owners bought this home in 2008 they decided to try to live within the existing footprint.  Step 1 was to design the interior for maximum efficiency. The owners also wanted to recycle as much as...

A Tiny Cabin in Maine

Ragged Island  Maine  USA - Alex Scott Porter Design Built:   2009 Area:   30m2 (360 sq ft) + veranda and outhouse of 14m2 (160 sq ft) Deciding to build on a small island 20 miles off the coast brings a few challenges with it.  Having to ship everything on an...

The world’s narrowest home?

The Keret House  Warsaw  Poland  -  Architect:  Jakub Szczesny Photography by Bartek Warzecha, Polish Modern Art Foundation Built:   2012 Area:   Unknown but miniscule We've featured, what we considered to be, some extremely narrow homes but surely, this has to be the narrowest fully constructed 'home' anywhere!  At it's narrowest, it's just 72 centimetres (28")...

(BIG) Little House

Berkeley California  -  The Hopkins Studio For an ageing parent to move into a garden unit or 'granny flat' usually means downsizing. That can be a difficult adjustment for many. On the other hand, the move typically occurs because the 'family home' has become to hard to manage. By keeping walls...

House Arc

Big Island, Hawaii  -  Bellomo Architects Photography: Drew Kelly Yesterday's post about prefabricated housing certainly seemed to 'hit the spot'.  Here's another very interesting alternative to conventional, on-site construction. All of the components can be made off-site and assembled and completed in just three days.  The uses are limited only...

Two Boxes And A View

San Paulo  Brazil - Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato With a total built area of just 36m2 (396 sq ft), this is compact living. It replaced a very dark, old stone home but much of the original materials were reclaimed and can be found in this home. Click on any image to...

ecoPerch – would you like it here or there?

Anywhere - Blue Forest Size:  48m2 (516 sq. ft.) This home brings to mind the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham.  "Would you like them in a tree?  Try them, try, them, you will see. You may like them in a tree!" This home can be 'perched' just about anywhere...

Garage Transformation

Washington, United States - Michelle de la Vega Built area: 23 m2 (250 sq. ft.) Photography: Ira Lippke Michelle de la Vega is a visual artist, designer, welder.  Here is her conversion of an old, disused garage into a 23 m2 (250 sq ft) mini-home. The roof was raised 1.2 metres (4ft) to accommodate a...

Tiny Beach House on Rails

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand  -  Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Year Built:    2011 Photography:   Jackie Meiring Update:  Best Exterior Innovation at the 2012 NZ Timber Design Awards. This beach front property is in a coastal erosion zone. Building approval is withheld unless the home is relocatable. The owners, architects and...