Latest MINI Living Urban Cabin references “dynamic construction of Los Angeles”

Oke Hauser and Corinna Natter of MINI Living and architect David Freeland explain how the micro home they built on a Los Angeles rooftop responds to the city in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie. MINI Living collaborated with local architecture firm FreelandBuck to create the tiny home, which was installed on the roof

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Alfonso Arango builds tiny black cabin next to his childhood home

Architect Alfonso Arango has designed himself a 24-square-metre weekend retreat next to his childhood home overlooking the Andes mountains in Colombia. Arango’s House on The Mist is located next door to his family’s residence in La Calera – a small town in the eastern reaches of the mountains. It is located 11 miles from Colombia’s

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Land Ark unveils modern take on classic American RV

Colorado startup Land Ark has revealed its first mobile home, which features angled walls, black metal cladding and an interior wrapped in white-washed pine. Encompassing 357 square feet (33 square metres), the Drake is the debut camper from Land Ark. The company was founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Brian and Joni Buzarde and is

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BIG designs prototype tiny cabin in Upstate New York

Architecture firm BIG has created a small black cabin with an angular roofline in the Hudson Valley, as the first model for prefab-housing startup Klein. BIG’s prototype, named A45, is the first in a series of tiny homes by well-known architects that Klein plans to offer customers. Constructed in Upstate New York, the one-storey building

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MINI Living and Studiomama’s Milan installation allowed “everyone to become an architect”

In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, architect Oke Hauser and designer Nina Tolstrup explain how MINI’s Milan design week installation let visitors design their own micro homes. Called MINI Living – Built by All, the show at Via Tortona showcased a conceptual modular system for creating tiny customisable living spaces. Split between two former warehouses,

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Low-cost micro home is made from timber and scavenged materials

Invisible Studio built this mobile micro home at its woodland studio near the English city of Bath for a cost of just £20,000 thanks to the use of salvaged materials and locally grown timber.  The UK architecture office built the 40-square-metre gabled structure called Trailer out of unseasoned timber sourced the woodland surrounding its studio, as well as materials

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Micro homes inside water pipes could take advantage of unused urban space

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series features a proposal to create micro homes inside concrete water pipes. OPod Tube Housing is a concept by Hong Kong-based studio James Law Cybertecture, to transform 2.5-metre-wide concrete water pipes into temporary living spaces, with facilities for living, cooking and bathing. The idea is that these tubular structures

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Sliding doors and built-in furniture save space inside skinny house by Ana Rocha Architecture

At just four metres wide Ana Rocha Architecture’s wooden skinny house in Almere Poort, the Netherlands, has a frame that took only two days to build and occupies less space than a double parking slot. With a footprint of 16 square metres the micro home designed by Dutch architect Ana Rocha and her studio offers 50 square metres

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Egg-shaped micro home allows inhabitants to live off-grid

This captioned movie shows an ovoid micro home by Slovakian firm Nice Architects, which was designed to allow its owners to be self-sustainable and move where they want.
The micro home called Ecocapsule is available to buy for just under £70,000.
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Competition: win a book about tiny “nomadic” homes all over the world

Dezeen is giving two readers the chance to win a copy of Nomadic Homes, a book featuring a selection of moveable compact dwellings around the globe. Nomadic Homes: Architecture on the Move is written by Philip Jodidio and includes examples of homes that have been designed to move from place to place. A majority of

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Micro apartments in concrete pipes designed to ease Hong Kong’s housing crisis

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed a prototype for low-cost, stackable micro homes in concrete pipes, which could slot into gaps between city buildings. Called OPod Tube Housing, the project sees 2.5-metre-wide concrete water pipes transformed into 9.29-square-metre homes, with doors that can be unlocked using smartphones. Studio founder James Law envisions these tubular structures being

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Dezeen’s top 10 tiny homes of 2017

The past year has seen many architects and designers unveil innovative ideas for space-saving housing, whether in the city or out in the wilderness. Here are some of the best examples to emerge, selected by editor Amy Frearson for our review of 2017. PH Lavalleja, Argentina, by CCPM Arquitectos Argentinian studio CCPM Arquitectos managed to fit

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Competition: win a book that reveals the interiors of tiny homes

Dezeen is giving five readers the chance to win a copy of Small Homes, Grand Living – a book that explores how tiny dwellings make the most of their square footage. Small Homes, Grand Living: Interior Design for Compact Spaces uses colour photography to capture properties from across the world that inventively and effectively use

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Matthew Wood adds seven-square-metre extension to his small London home

The founder of MW Architects used black-blue engineering bricks to add an extension of just seven square metres to his renovated London home. Matt Wood’s narrow Victorian house had an area of just 19 square metres when he bought it. Small but significant, his extension takes the total size up to 26 square metres. Previously, the central

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MINI Living Urban Cabin explores how future cities may merge public and private, says Sam Jacob

In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, architect Sam Jacob and Corinna Natter of MINI Living explain how micro homes, like the one they presented during London Design Festival, could one day function as shared resources. The Urban Cabin is a 15-square-metre modular unit, created by MINI Living to explore ways that cities might be occupied in

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Casagrande Laboratory designs cross-laminated timber micro house for city dwellers

To free up space in cramped cities, Finnish architecture firm Casagrande Laboratory designed this self-sufficient prefab house to fit on the footprint of a single car parking space. On show during last month’s edition of Helsinki Design Week as part of the festival’s HOP City Installations, the Tikku concept house – meaning “stick” in Finnish

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Sam Jacob and MINI team up to create micro home with attached library

A miniature library adjoins this tiny home that architect Sam Jacob and car brand MINI have built for this year’s London Design Festival. MINI created the 50-square-metre Urban Cabin as part of its ongoing MINI Living project, which is exploring new forms of urban living. The tiny cabin is designed for a future when homes become a shared resource.

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Escape One XL is a two-storey micro home on wheels

This recreational vehicle masquerading as a tiny cottage is clad in charred wood and sleeps up to eight people. The Escape One XL was launched this month by Escape Homes. “Measuring just under 400 square feet, the tiny home on wheels can sleep up to eight and expands on the organic design of its slightly

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The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Self-contained micro homes are being installed inside vacant buildings across London as part of an initiative called The SHED Project, which features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The project sees property management company Lowe Guardians create temporary affordable housing for young professionals inside empty properties like warehouses and office blocks. By doing so, the company is also helping to keep

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Kodasema launches tiny prefab home for £150k in UK

In a bid to solve the UK’s housing crisis, Estonian design collective Kodasema has launched its prefabricated 25-square-metre micro home that takes less than a day to build and can be relocated to make use of vacant sites. The Koda house costs just £150,000 as a package – including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site

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Vipp prefabricated cabins are designed as “battery-charging stations for humans”

Danish retailer Vipp has created a factory-made, metal-and-glass micro dwelling that comes filled with the company’s line of homeware products. Called Shelter, the 55-square-metre structure is intended to serve as a nature retreat and “battery-charging station for humans”, said Kasper Egelund, who heads the brand. “Vipp has made a plug-and-play getaway that allows you to escape urban

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Muji to sell tiny blackened-timber prefab huts for £21,000

Japanese brand Muji has unveiled its design for a compact nine-square-metre prefabricated house, which will go on sale later this year. The Muji Hut will be available for purchase in Japan for ¥3,000,000 (£20,989) from August 2017. The minimalist retailer intends the simple cabin to suit a wide variety of locations, describing it as somewhere between a permanent residence and a

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Cover uses computer algorithms to design prefabricated dwellings

A technology-driven home-building company in California says it is “doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car”. Cover produces customised, prefabricated backyard homes often referred to as accessory dwellings — touted by some as a way to increase density and provide affordable housing in growing metro areas. The small dwellings can be used

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Kasita launches sales of high-tech micro dwellings at SXSW

At this year’s SXSW festival, an Austin-based startup has launched sales for its prefabricated tiny house equipped with systems controlled by a mobile app. The micro-housing startup called Kasita – adapted from the Spanish word for “small house” – was launched by a professor-turned-entrepreneur who once lived in a dumpster. The company unveiled a tiny house

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Elizabeth Herrmann creates tiny house for artist in Vermont

American studio Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design has created a light-coloured micro dwelling with cut-out corners and a sloped roof, aiming to demonstrate that a “small house need not be a claustrophobic, monotonous box”. Located on a verdant site near the Green Mountains, the microHOUSE was commissioned by an artist who wanted a “beautiful, tiny, energy-efficient

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10 of the best micro houses of minuscule proportions

Feeling the urge to downsize? Take lessons from 10 of the best micro homes – including a cloud-shaped holiday home and a 3D-printed urban cabin. 3D Print Urban Cabin, the Netherlands, by DUS Architects To offer a solution for temporary housing, DUS Architects used bio-plastic to 3D print this eight-square-metre cabin. When it is no longer needed, the structure can be destroyed and almost all

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California architecture students design shelters for LA’s growing homeless population

Students at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have conceived a series of shelters for homeless people, ranging from a shopping cart converted into a tent structure to a tiny house made of scavenged material. Called the Homeless Studio, the course was aimed at investigating the architect’s role in homelessness, and devising solutions

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Studiomama uses sliding plywood furniture to overhaul 13-square-metre house in London

Studiomama has overhauled this tiny single-storey house in north London with built-in plywood furniture including a fold-out bed, a standing desk and extendable dining benches with pink cushions. Studiomama co-founders Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama bought the former mini-cab office building in an auction as a challenge to make a tiny space comfortable for living. Tolstrup and Mama took pointers from the design of small caravans and

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Tiny Heirloom micro cabin boasts spilt-level living space and a climbing wall

A climbing wall covers one side of this small mobile home by American company Tiny Heirloom. Designed for “adventure wherever you go”, the micro home can be attached to the back of a vehicle like a trailer or caravan, and towed to the desired location. Along one of its longer sides is a moulded rock wall

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White steel extension and large windows update historic hutong home in Beijing

Chinese studio OEU-ChaO has modernised a residence in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods with a white steel-framed extension and plenty of windows. Architect Zhi Cheng renovated and extended the dilapidated Xirongxian Hutong property for a young couple and their six-year-old son. Measuring just 32 square metres, the residence is surrounded by five similarly petite properties that encircle

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Colorado architecture students clad micro cabins in sheets of hot-rolled steel

Students at the University of Colorado Denver have designed and built a series of rustic dwellings for a base camp operated by an outdoor education program. Called COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins, the project consists of seven insulated dwellings, each containing 200 square feet (19 square metres) of interior space and a 100-square-foot deck (nine square metres).

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Flat-packed cabin concept allows tiny houses to be assembled like IKEA furniture

A Vancouver-based startup’s conceptual design for flat-packed recreational cabins would allow users to build for themselves, making the wilderness more readily accessible. The Backcountry Hut Company is an offshoot of interdisciplinary design firm Leckie Studio. Its goal is to facilitate the process of building cabins for a variety of uses. “The hut prototype was created for the benefit

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Gort Scott to create micro apartments in disused London office block

Architecture studio Gort Scott has unveiled plans to transform an out-of-use office block in London’s Walthamstow into 45 “pocket” apartments. With construction due to start next month, the four-storey block will be completely refurbished to create 45 one-bedroom flats, organised around a communal garden courtyard. The project is backed by Pocket – a UK property developer that

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Tiny houses would be built atop an ex-military bunker in Froscen Architects proposal

Four micro homes are mounted on the roof of a second-world-war bunker in this proposal by Froscen Architects for the Dutch city Leiden (+ slideshow). Designed by Froscen Architects’ partner Simon George, the conceptual project comprises four separate tiny houses, elevated above street level on the chunky concrete walls of a concrete telephone bunker. Each of the proposed houses has a More

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Studio Padron creates secluded library in the woods of New York state

This tiny black cabin by US firm Studio Padron serves as a cosy library and guest house for a vacation home in upstate New York (+ slideshow). Studio Padron completed the cabin to serve as a standalone, one-room library on the property. The small black hut doubles as a place for visitors to sleep. The More

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DUS Architects builds 3D-printed micro home in Amsterdam

Dutch studio DUS Architects has 3D printed an eight-square-metre cabin and accompanying bathtub in Amsterdam, and is now inviting guests to stay overnight (+ slideshow). DUS Architects used sustainable bio-plastic to create the 3D Print Urban Cabin, which is intended to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can offer solutions for temporary housing or disaster relief. When the cabin is no longer needed, it More

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Tiny cabin in Rhode Island by 3six0 provides retreat for local artist

Rhode Island studio 3six0 has created a geometric wooden cabin “cut like a gemologist shaping a stone” to serve as a retreat for an artist from Providence (+ slideshow). The sole purpose of Cottage in Woods is to serve as a getaway retreat, so its dimensions were kept compact. The shelter encompasses only 530 square More

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Kasita unveils prefabricated tiny houses that slot into “racks”

An Austin-based startup has created a prototype of a prefabricated micro dwelling that can be slotted into a framework like a bottle into a wine rack (+ slideshow). The micro-housing startup called Kasita – adapted from the Spanish word for a small house – was launched by a professor-turned-entrepreneur who once lived in a dumpster. More

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Plans for tiny house by Foundry Architects made available for purchase

Anyone wanting to construct their own tiny house can now buy detailed plans for a micro dwelling designed by Washington DC studio Foundry Architects (+ slideshow). The Minim House — its name taken from the word “minimal” – contains a kitchen and bathroom, along with areas for sleeping, working, lounging and dining. There are two models. More

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Today we like: tiny homes

As housing crises grip several of our global cities, architects and designers are getting creative with ever smaller spaces. We’re celebrating their ingenuity with some of the best examples of micro homes and apartments from our archives, including petite cabins in the woods, an apartment that fits in just 13 square metres, and a narrow More

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Kodasema creates tiny prefabricated house that moves with its owners

This tiny prefabricated dwelling by Estonian design collective Kodasema is designed to allow its residents to up sticks and move to a new location in less than a day (+ slideshow). Named KODA, the mobile house prototype contains an open-plan living space and mezzanine bedroom within its 25-square-metre footprint, and also includes a built-in terrace in front More

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Harvard students create tiny vacation houses for stressed-out city dwellers

Graduate students from Harvard University have launched a company that designs, builds and rents out wilderness micro cabins to urban residents “looking to escape the digital grind and test drive tiny-house living” (+ slideshow). The company, called Getaway, is based within the Harvard Innovation Lab – a multidisciplinary program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. The More

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Twin micro homes by S Plus One are both finished in different woods

Architecture studio S Plus One has built a pair of matching micro homes in a Japanese village, one clad in cedar and the other clad with pine. S Plus One principal Yumiko Sakano was commissioned by the local government of Tabayama, a mountain village two-hours drive west of Tokyo, to create the pair of starter homes. The aim is to encourage More

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Colorado architecture students design rugged micro cabins for Outward Bound

Architecture students from at the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Participating in a design-build programme, the students designed the cabins for the Colorado Outward Bound School – one of 40 schools around the globe run by Outward Bound, the nonprofit outdoor education organisation More

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Peter Berkowitz builds sleeping pod in friend’s apartment to escape San Francisco rents

Bay Area illustrator Peter Berkowitz has constructed a tiny wooden bedroom for himself in a friend’s living room to avoid paying San Francisco’s “absurdly high” rents. Berkowitz’s sleeping and working space measures just eight feet long (2.4 metres), 3.5 feet wide (one metre) and 4.5 feet tall (1.4 metres). “Yes, living in a pod is More

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Our latest Pinterest board is crammed full of ideas for compact living

Micro apartments are being touted as the solution for cities facing an affordable housing crisis, so we’ve squeezed some examples onto our Pinterest board dedicated to tiny homes. Explore a Wroclaw flat occupying just 13 square metres, a dwelling in Madrid with rooms connected by ladders, and many more. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more micro homes in our More

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Photos released of New York’s first micro-apartment tower by nArchitects

New York architecture firm nArchitects has released new photos of its modular, micro-unit residential building that is intended to serve as a “systemic new paradigm” for cities facing an affordable housing crisis (+ slideshow). Formerly known as My Micro NY, the nine-storey building has been renamed Carmel Place. It is located in Manhattan’s Kips Bay More

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Micro dwelling by All(zone) could be erected within abandoned towers

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Bangkok studio All(zone) has conceived a small temporary home intended to be set up inside unfinished high-rise buildings in tropical cities (+ movie). The project, called Light House, is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 3 October and continues to 3 January 2016. Encompassing 11.5 square metres, the boxy micro […]

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UCLA research lab unveils micro dwelling to help combat affordable housing crisis

Students and faculty members at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed a tiny house to help address the city’s low-cost housing shortage. Encompassing 500 square feet (46 square metres), the Backyard BI(h)OME is designed to contain a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The small property is intended to be erected in a homeowner’s […]

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Expanding micro homes could move around on a network of railway tracks

Polish architecture students Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota have unveiled a concept for a community of mobile micro homes that move around an old shipyard on railway tracks. Zablotny and Maszota, both studying at the Gdańsk University of Technology, propose transforming a post-industrial area in the heart of the city on the Baltic coast into a commune for […]

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Josep Ferrando slots a skinny house between two existing properties in Spain

Concealed behind a historic facade, this narrow residence by Barcelona architect Josep Ferrando is wedged between the party walls of a pair of houses in the Spanish city of Sant Cugat.  The 225-square-metre residence fills a gap measuring less than six metres wide between two existing buildings in Sant Cugat – a town north of Barcelona […]

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Micro house by Architekturbüro Scheder is raised off the ground on stilts

This tiny two-room house, measuring just three metres wide, is raised above a grassy slope on metal legs in Hohenecken, Germany (+ slideshow). Designed by local studio Architekturbüro Scheder, Small House sits between two buildings on the edge of a forest in Hohenecken, just outside the city of Kaiserslautern in south-west Germany. There are only […]
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MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes capsule hotel along the Seine

MenoMenoPiu Architects says its concept to reinvigorate the Seine with a string of capsule homes on stilts could help prevent Paris from becoming a “city museum” (+ slideshow). Paris-based MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes installing a temporary series of raised cabins along the edge of the city’s main river, which could be used as short-term accommodation for commuters or tourists. Related […]
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Red-brick boiler room converted into tiny guesthouse by Azevedo Design

San Francisco studio Azevedo Design has squeezed a small guesthouse featuring a glass mezzanine floor into the old red-brick boiler house of a converted laundry. Azevedo Design has managed to cram a living room, kitchen and an en-suite bedroom inside the 1916-built boiler room that adjoins a timber-framed laundry building in San Francisco – despite it having a footprint […]
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