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Superfire Camp: URBANCAMPSITEAMSTERDAM. 13 Handmade Tiny Houses. Is this Simple But Elegant Home the Perfect Lake-Side Retreat? Almost 20% of the total area of the Netherlands is water, with many parts of the county reclaimed from the sea through an extensive system of dykes that date back as far as medieval times.

Is this Simple But Elegant Home the Perfect Lake-Side Retreat?

For this reason, the Dutch have always had a fairly special relationship with water. You can see this in so many aspects of what they do, from amazing bridges to beautiful public ponds, their unique appreciation for lakes, rivers and the sea has always lead to interesting work. I recently came across this wonderful recreational island home by 2by4 Architects and quickly feel for its simplistic charms.

Completed in 2011, the home offers an ideal rural getaway that boasts large glass walls and a slide-away wall that opens up directly onto the water. It looks like the perfect place for an outdoor retreat. Found on a man-made island on the Dutch lake of Loosdrechtse Plas, the home is designed to be completely customized depending on the owners needs. Hat tip to Dwell for the discovery. Tough All-Terrain Teardrop Trailer Goes Off-Grid, Packs Rooftop Tent.

From the ultra high-end but sustainably-minded Wheelhaus to renovated, off-the-grid vintage Airstreams, trailers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Tough All-Terrain Teardrop Trailer Goes Off-Grid, Packs Rooftop Tent

Of course, the bigger they are, the more fuel they consume, not to mention the fact that bulkier models are better staying on paved roads. For adventurous, off-road types come these rugged little teardrop trailers from Moby1, a small company based in Springville, Utah, which boast useful features like expandable roof top tents and all-terrain tires. © Moby1 Founded by designer and craftsman Ashley Grimes in 2009, Moby1 aims to revive the efficient and beautiful design sensibilities of the teardrop trailer, once common during the fifties until the advent of cheap fuel and monster-sized recreational vehicles.

Coming in four different models that can be hooked onto larger vehicles, sub-compact cars and even motorbikes, these trailers aim for easy set-up and take-down. High-tech meets low-tech in tiny house movement. Made by 16 college kids from Vermont, the OTIS pod home features a rainwater collection system for indoor plumbing and stained-glass like privacy windows.

High-tech meets low-tech in tiny house movement

It can also be towed by a four-cylinder vehicle.Green Mountain College Last month 16 students from a tiny college in Vermont built a tiny house that took off in a big, big way. Ikea Housing for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Gets a Green Light. As every new homeowner knows, Ikea’s flat-pack furniture fills the niche for cheap, trendy and ultimately disposable housewares.

Ikea Housing for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Gets a Green Light

So it only made sense that Ikea’s philanthropic wing would team up with the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, to develop a similarly of-the-moment solution to the vexing problem of temporary refugee housing, which hasn’t substantially evolved beyond the tent since the Israelites fled Egypt. The only problem is that the flat-pack Ikea Refugee Housing Unit, with its roomy interior, solar lights and insulated wall panels — all designed to last three years compared to a tent’s six months — isn’t temporary enough for some. Nowhere is that more evident than in Lebanon, where government authorities had, until last week, prohibited their use for the mass influx of Syrians fleeing the war, worried that the upgraded housing may just incite refugees to stay. More than 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the conflict started in 2011.

Shipping Container Tiny House. We The Tiny House People. A 220 sq ft tiny home. Student Flat by Tengbom Architects. The Living Cube by Till Koenneker. Stackable Micro-house incorporates multi-functional living zones. Micro-house, by Chinese firm Liu Lubin, is big enough to facilitate the basic needs that a single occupant requires of a home Image Gallery (17 images) Designing small-scale housing requires architects to ensure that every inch of the interior serves a purpose.

Stackable Micro-house incorporates multi-functional living zones

Various living spaces need to be incorporated and furnishings need to fit perfectly together with no space going to waste. Applying this Tetris-like approach to organization, Chinese architectural firm Studio Liu Lubin has created a Micro-house featuring compact, multiple interior zones that can stacked together or used as a single-occupant dwelling. View all The Micro-house features a central multi-functional living space positioned between two lower modular rooms which contain the bathroom and kitchen. Studio Liu Lubin has also designed the structure so that additional modules can be stacked on top of one another, extending the size of the home for families or multiple habitants. Building and designing simpler lifestyles through smaller homes. Concrete Canvas - Rapidly Deployable Infrastructure. International Housing and Shelter designs IADDIC Shelters.

School bus becomes off-grid, transformable, tiny home. Emergency housing, temporary housing, man camps, modular housing, container homes, hurricane housing, FEMA Housing Units. Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms. Luxury Living... with a twist! Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio. The cube projectThe Cube Project – University of Hertfordshire. Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces. Container Housing. Shelters and Small Houses. Very Small Houses.

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