Stacked volume and space-saving floor plans feature this summary of 10 small homes around the world, from mobile cabins in Australia with wheels to small homes in Tokyo with a pair of funnel-shaped roofs. ..
House Tokyo, Japan, by Unemori Architects
Japanese studio Unemori Architects built this corrugated steel-covered house consisting of several stacked boxes on a densely populated 26-square-meter land in Tokyo.
“We have to be experimental and wise about its maximum use. We considered how diverse and expandable the space could be in a small parcel,” said the studio.
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Base Cabin, Australia, Studio Edwards
The base cabin is a geometric microhome featuring a smooth rubber skin and is mobile thanks to a set of rollable wheels.
Melbourne-based Studio Edwards was inspired by an A-frame hut that recognizes the cabin design. This hut was created in this shape for structural efficiency and a clean, compact look.
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Ecuadorian Casa Parásito, by El Sindicato
With a floor plan of only 12 square meters, Casa Parásito is a small parasitic house on top of a city building in Quito, relying on support and service.
Architects El Sindicato installed the dwelling in an existing building with a steel foundation and included a bathroom, kitchen, bed, living space, and space-saving storage area in the design.
Like the base cabin, the Casa Parásito is made from an A-frame timber structure aimed at maximizing the limited internal space.
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Koto x Abodu, USA, Koto and Abodu
British studio Koto and American homebuilder Abodu have created a collection bearing the name of the same Prefabricated Accessory Housing Unit (ADU) for the site in San Jose, California.
Limited to 4.26 meters wide, the Koto x Abodu model is easy to carry and can be stored under the only bed in the house, to a built-in bench in the living room or a small galley kitchen. It has elements that can be saved. ..
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UK Jupp House by Phillips Tracey Architects
The one-story Jupp House was designed to replace the old garage and was washed away in a parcel of land on the edge of a suburban garden in Acton, London.
The local company Phillips Tracey Architects covered the house with dark bricks and gray zinc. The internal floor area of only 66 meters consists of two connected wings that display an irregularly angled roofline.
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By TH House, Vietnam, ODDO Architects
Vietnam’s Practical ODDO Architects, selected as the up-and-coming architectural studio of the year at the 2021 Dezeen Awards, built a family home in Hanoi, stacking five stories on the lining.
Despite being 4 meters wide and 6 meters deep, the house is designed to be bright and open with the addition of light wells and perforated walls that open up the interior space.
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Made by Marilia Pellegrini, Casa Container of Brazil
Brazilian architect Marilia Pellegrini has shown the possibility of reusing shipping containers by designing a microshow home in a pair and decorating the interior with minimalist Nendo furniture.
Created in São Paulo, the reused Casa container consists of two 12-meter-long containers covered with shiny white decton, disguising and transforming industrial objects into a luxurious home. Emphasizes how to create it.
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Jewel, Japan, Apollo Architects and Associates
The slender L-shaped structure defines a jewel by Apollo Architects and Associates. This is a black steel-covered house in Tokyo, with a minimum width of only 1.4 meters.
Due to the limited land and high cost, building with crowded areas in mind is a common approach to modern urban Japanese houses. In this project, the architectural firm was particularly limited by the nature of the “flagpole” of the plot. In populated areas, the approach is a narrow square.
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Australia’s Peak by Grimshaw Architects
Grimshaw Architects is a 35m2 microhome for Kids Undercover, a charity that helps homeless youth in the country, driven by the desire to provide affordable housing for young people in urban areas of Australia. I designed the set.
A non-profit prefabricated house called Peak is specially created to accommodate affordable IKEA furniture and has high ceilings to give residents a more spacious feel.
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Love2 House, Japan, Takeshi Hosaka
Architect Takeshi Hosaka built a small Tokyo house for him and his wife with a pair of funnel-like roofs that exceeded a total floor area of just 19 square meters.
The sloping ceiling height of Love2 House opens a compact interior with a dining table right next to the street, with skylights and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors connecting indoor and outdoor spaces.
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