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Tiny off-grid cabin is filled with dappled sunlight. Commissioned to create a low maintenance summer house in Halkidiki, Greece, architect Eva Sopéoglou designed and built this tiny off-grid cabin.

Tiny off-grid cabin is filled with dappled sunlight

Named the Olive Tree House, it can be opened up to the outside and is clad in perforated decorative metal sheeting that fills the interior with dappled sunlight. The Olive Tree House is very much a weekend retreat rather than full-time home and is located next to an olive grove overlooking the sea, hence its name. With a floorspace of just 21 sq m (226 sq ft), it was designed to be easy to dismantle if required.

Structurally, it consists of a chestnut wood frame and concrete foundations, and is topped by a sloping corrugated iron roof. With all that metal, it's obviously going to get hot in the sun and we wondered if it would get too hot inside. "Arthur's Cave" tiny cabin fit for a king. Drawing inspiration from an old Welsh fable, Miller Kendrick Architects has created a tiny cabin that's fit for a king.

"Arthur's Cave" tiny cabin fit for a king

Dubbed "Arthur's Cave," the dwelling was designed in honor of the cave where the legendary King Arthur supposedly took shelter alongside his knights. Located in Castell y Bere, Wales, the cabin is one of eight winning entries for Epic Retreats' "Pop-Up Hotel. " The 12.2-sq m (131.3-sq ft) shelter was built with CNC cut birch plywood ribs and sheathing panels.

"The structural ribs are comprised of either three or five individual sections of plywood, tightly fitted together using 'jigsaw' joints with a high degree of tolerance," says Miller Kendrick Architects. The interior has been kept basic, featuring minimal furnishings such as a single armchair, rug, lamp, a combustion wood fire and solar-powered LED lighting.

Tiny house expertise put to use in Mercedes Sprinter campervan conversion. After spending a lot of time in their much-loved converted Post Office van, campervan and tiny house enthusiast Jack Richens from Oxford, England, and his girlfriend Lucy Hedges had their sights set on converting a larger van that would provide more comfort.

Tiny house expertise put to use in Mercedes Sprinter campervan conversion

They settled on a second-hand 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and after 600 hours of work had created a stunning motorhome. "Having driven a few different vans we wanted something that was going to be big enough to accommodate a family, but with enough grunt and reliability to make the investment in the workload worthwhile," Jack Richens tells New Atlas.

"Both of us agreed on the Sprinter and then we argued about the color for ages. " "Inside the van you'll find two delinquent infants who adore going on camping adventures and couple of very lucky parents," says Richens. "The main feature of the van is freedom to go where you want, whenever you want and live in luxury. " "It's bigger than some flats I've seen in London," says Richens. Tiny house crammed with custom storage for life's essentials. Hot on the heels of its Tiny Giant, Alpine Tiny Homes has shared another recently-completed model with us.

Tiny house crammed with custom storage for life's essentials

The towable dwelling has less floorspace than its predecessor, but still offers lots of room to store belongings, thanks to a well-designed interior that's chock-full of cupboards, nooks, and drawers. Based on a triple-axle trailer, the unnamed tiny house measures 30 ft (9 m)-long, which isn't very small but should make it a lot more manageable to pull than those huge tiny houses that are popular lately. One Size. Fits All. No expense spared for luxury tiny house build. Though brand-new, the Earth and Sky Palace tiny house has a pleasantly weathered appearance that helps it stand out in the crowded small living scene.

No expense spared for luxury tiny house build

Inside, the towable dwelling is laid-out on one floor and boasts some high-end additions that are unusual for a tiny home, including an app-controlled air-con unit. We asked builder Dan Huling, who makes his living as a theatrical prop and stage designer, about the impetus behind the home's design and were told that it was inspired by memories of the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies, where he was raised. Based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer, the Earth and Sky Palace has a total of 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m) of floorspace and a steel frame.

It's clad in reclaimed heart pine and blue stained cedar, with steel trim. Heavy duty off-road caravan doesn't leave luxury behind. Last year, we looked at a number of new camping trailers built rough and tough on the outside and soft and luxurious inside.

Heavy duty off-road caravan doesn't leave luxury behind

One was the Off Grid from Australia's Lotus Caravans, and Lotus hasn't taken any time off from innovating tough shells with cozy-as-home interiors. This year it launches the new Tremor, a larger dual-axle trailer that'll follow your 4x4 to the roughest, most distant destinations to provide a sturdy roof, comfy bed, shower, hot meal and even clean clothes. Introduced last month as part of Lotus' 2017 lineup, the new Tremor looks much like the Off Grid and other Lotus models from the outside – a slab-sided, powerful block built from German composite and reinforced with diamond plate around the lower edge.

The dual-axle Tremor is noticeably longer than the 14-ft (4.3-m) Off Grid we looked at last year, and the three available Tremor lengths are 19.5, 20.5 and 22 ft (6, 6.3 and 6.8 m). Source: Lotus Caravans. Lightweight tiny house built to withstand high winds. We don't see many tiny houses that can deal with extremes in weather.

Lightweight tiny house built to withstand high winds

The Leaf House 3 is one exception, and Tennessee-based Transcend Tiny Homes' new Amsterdam 24 model is another. The towable dwelling is remarkably lightweight, offers plenty of storage space for its size, and is rated to withstand very high winds. As its name suggests, the Amsterdam 24 is based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double-axle trailer and has 292 sq ft (27 sq m) of floorspace. It has fiberglass composite walls, which are very light and help bring the total weight down to just 8,340 lb (3,782 kg). To put that into perspective, this similarly-proportioned model with a standard wood frame and walls weighs a much more typical 13,200 lb (5,987 kg).

"We laminate two skins of high strength phenolic resin based fiberglass on to a foam core," explains the firm regarding the makeup of the composite walls. " Float Studio creates sleeping spaces at bedding company's Manhattan offices. Dozing off at work is encouraged at mattress brand Casper's headquarters in New York, where employees can have meetings or take naps on beds provided at the office, designed by local firm Float Studio.

Float Studio creates sleeping spaces at bedding company's Manhattan offices

The fast-growing bedding company recently moved to a two-floor office in Manhattan's Flatiron District, designed by Float to reflect the brand's abundant New York subway advertisements. "We drew a lot of inspiration from some of the line drawings used in the subway campaigns," studio partner Nina Etnier told Dezeen. "We liked the tone-on-tone blues used in the illustrations and used that as a direction for the palette and materials. " The studio also wanted to incorporate the brand's focus on sleep into the design, so used colours to make the main level resemble the morning and the upper floor suggest night. On entering the offices, a hallway from the elevator leads to the lobby on the lower storey.

Coolmaterial. Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design is a residential firm based in central Vermont that builds, remodels and restores with a combination of character and distinction you won’t find at other firms.


When Elizabeth Herrmann was approached by a local artist to create something small, energy-efficient and beautiful on a tight budget she came up with this, the Micro House. The requirements were simple, but duanting: everything you need in a full-size house including a guest sleeping area, laundry machines and storage had to be fit into 430 finished square feet with a loft while still feeling spacious. While the elevated Tiny House literally cuts corners in the layout, nothing is sacrificed in the gorgeous and clean design. Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play.

Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play.

Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play

Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in horizontal planks and the interior lined in broad boards. A child-sized kitchen and laundry area, and a wood burner to all children to mimic the typical task carried out in a family home. The half-open gabled roof with exposed trusses allows natural light to flood the space. Hibinosekkei invited the kindergarten children to visit the site during its construction so they could learn about the carpentry involved. A kitchen worktop, table and chairs provide a space for the children to pretend to prepare meals and wash dishes. Houses don't come a lot smaller than this tiny London pad. Due to house prices in London being what they are, some shrewd firms are looking to turn even the smallest space into a viable home.

With this in mind, Studiomama has transformed a tiny former minicab (taxi) office into a full-time home using clever custom furniture and interior design. No prizes for guessing the size of the aptly-named 13 Sq Metre House (139 sq ft), but to put it into perspective, there's around half the floorspace of most tiny houses we see nowadays. Naturally, Studiomama had a real job on its hands to make the north London dwelling livable. Collaborating with local firms Commission by You and Viaduct, Studiomama drew inspiration for the interior layout from caravan and boat interiors and outfitted the home with custom plywood furniture units.

FHHH Friends arranges flexible rooms over split levels at Grown House. A skylit stairwell ascends through the split levels of this tall and narrow house in Seoul to a roof terrace with separate entrances for people and cats. Local studio FHHH Friends designed the property to replace a much smaller brick building. The difference in height between the building that previously occupied the site and its new concrete-topped replacement prompted the architects to give the project the title, Grown House. The house is slotted onto a compact site in a densely populated residential neighbourhood and employs materials that echo the adjacent buildings. The plot's size of just 68 square metres made it challenging to achieve the spaces required by the owners, prompting the proposal for a building with a sequence of split levels.

In addition to the essential functional areas, the studio was determined to accommodate a range of multipurpose spaces that help to enliven the experience of occupying the house. Svelte house shoehorned into narrow city plot. All modern cities feature small vacant plots considered unsuitable to build houses on, but the SkinnyScar house proves that in the right hands, even a free space of just 3.7 m (12 ft) wide can be put to good use.

Designed by architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman, the ultra-svelte home is a masterclass of interior design in a tight space. The SkinnyScar house is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on a plot that sat unused since the 1980s due to its perceived undesirability. It's not the skinniest house we've seen by any means, but this one actually seems like it would be comfortable as a full-time home. The exterior is clad in patterned black brickwork and the street-facing side features two large windows which extend outward, plus another two windows partly hidden behind the masonry. Inside, there's a total floorspace of 140 sq m (1,506 sq ft) spread over three floors. The project was completed in early 2017 and also involved architecture firm JagerJanssen.

The 5 best luxury tiny houses on the market. While there are still cheaper models available, tiny houses seem to have risen in price lately, reaching the kind of money that could buy a full-size home in some areas. For those who can afford it, these higher prices do offer attractive features like off-grid tech, additional space and high quality materials. With this in mind, we've chosen our five favorite luxury tiny houses on the market today. To be clear, by luxury we mean homes that cost around US$70,000 and up, with a focus on novel features, comfort, quality materials, or additional space. We're also only covering homes and firms that we're familiar with and are available to purchase or pre-order at the time of writing.

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The plot that the Acute House is located on previously held an old weatherboard home that had fallen into disrepair. However, rather than destroy it completely, Oof! Build your own tiny house with Bunk Box plans. Bliss Mobil Expedition Vehicle. UK floating home offers a taste of luxury on the water. The outfit behind the Chichester is UK-based floating home company Floating Homes Ltd. As well as acting as the project developer, it also constructs the dwellings. For the design-work, though, Floating Homes enlisted Baca Architects, which has previously designed an amphibious house that's able to float on floodwater before sinking back down to its intended level as the waters recede. Freedom tiny house offers big house comforts in a small space. As the tiny house scene continues to grow, we're seeing increasing numbers of large and luxurious builds.

Wee Studio completes crowdfunded treehouses next to a stream in Beijing. This pair of stilted wooden huts are set among poplar and hawthorn trees in a stretch of woodland at the foot of Mount Wuling in Beijing's Miyun District (+ slideshow). Designed by local micro-architecture specialists Wee Studio, the tiny huts have a combined floor area of just 8 square metres. They host a tearoom, a bedroom and bathroom, and are set on either side of a wooden deck facing a stream. The walls and pointy roofs of the structures are clad in lengths of recycled timber to help them blend with their woodland setting.

Tiny home's unusual layout maximizes available space. France's Baluchon recently put the finishing touches to its latest tiny house, the Odyssée. In a bid to make use of every inch of available space, the firm designed an unusual interior layout that includes an upstairs lounge, a kitchen that's split into two, and an additional small bedroom that could serve as a child's room or guest room. Tiny house packs a home office and walk-in closet. You'd think that tiny house builders would struggle to think up new ideas on how to make each project different – they're dealing with such a small space after all – but if that's the case, we're not seeing any signs of it yet. Shipping container transformed into a tiny house.

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