My interest in the Tiny House movement took a turn for the better when I saw these two designs on YouTube. The idea of a tiny house is fascinating but I don’t like the folded designs I am seeing. Almost all of them had a loft bedroom overtop the kitchen. There is something claustrophobic about a 3.5 ft ceiling, even though you don’t need much headroom when lying down. This design seemed to require a very awkward staircase arrangement to make it work. Also, so many of them were cluttered. A small space seems to call out for a minimalist design. I am particularly intrigued about the idea of a having cluster of units joined together such that each unit can provide a specialised function.
Abaton (Madrid, Spain) EU 42,000
There is something very special about what these designers have done. They created a very clean liveable space with extremely minimalist design elements. Large use of windows, vaulted ceiling, separate bedroom and bathroom. Even the exterior cladding is extremely simplistic and would fit in anywhere. Loved the added touch of folding window shutters. That would be great for transportation and when the unit is closed down for extended absences, but it is also a great way to increase the R-value of the glass walls during those extra cold nights in the middle of winter. Would love to incorporate this feature in our own designs.
VIPP Shelter (Sweden) $585,000
Beautiful design that brings the outdoors indoors.