Sleepbox 01 by Arch Group Russian architects Arch Group have completed the first of their tiny hotel rooms for napping at airports. The Sleepbox unit at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport contains two beds and can be rented for between 30 minutes and several hours. The pod is equipped with LED reading lamps as well as sockets for charging laptops and mobile phones. This booth is constructed from ash-veneered MDF, although future units could instead be made from metal or glass-reinforced plastic. Writer’s Block II by Cheng + Snyder Another tiny design by Cheng + Snyder that cleverly solves multiple uses. Instead of tacking a wood shed onto the side of the building, the roof and an exterior wall are pushed out to provide that exterior storage space. Here’s what the designers say about it. “Writer’s Block II is designed to fill multiple roles, providing both wood storage and a space for contemplation and study. One entire wall of an existing shed is thickened to accommodate log storage.
Teahouse / A1 Architects Architects: David Maštálka / A1 Architects Location: Prague, Czech Republic Client: David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová Project year: 2008 (35 days) Contractor: Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic) Collaborators: Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka Dome construction: Jan Bašta Opponency of Diploma Project: Terunobu Fujimori , University of Tokyo Interpreting: Petr Holý, Director of Czech Center in Tokyo Surface Area: 3,75 sqm Construction Area: 7 sqm Photographs: Ester Havlová The Garden At the foot of the hill dividing Hloubetin and Aloisov you’ll find a small garden. The garden is unostentatious, slightly wild but even so graceful, each spring apple and cherry trees blossom and when summer swiftly blows upon us our sight of the passing clouds is surrounded by slim blades of grass. The teahouse as a minimal place to gather Natural material
Little Houses: Small, Hand Built, and Mortgage-Free Debra Jordan had a secret. “When we decided to move into our home, I was worried about what other people would think. For the first six months, I didn’t even tell my family,” said Debra, a wife, mother, and owner of the Etsy shop Minky Baby Gifts. What was Debra hiding? “It’s just not what people do. They don’t live in 320 square foot homes,” she confessed.
Radiant Floor Heat - A Review - MiniMotives I often get questions about my radiant floor heat and I realized I never reviewed it… So here we go! Was it ‘worth it’ – It certainly served its purpose as a learning project, I learned how to install and operate it, I have no regrets about adding the thermal mass in the floor (and the extra axle that came with accommodating that). For me this was a learning project and I have indeed learned! Now, Would I do it again? – Naw. I would not. Residential Ready Structures by Craven Construction Ready Structures are a graciously designed year-round residence on a city lot or an accessory dwelling on your property for grown children or grand parents. It resilience and durable materials make it ideal as an income producing rental, or a solid high performance vacation get away that can be left locked up for months or years at a time and remains maintenance free.” - Craven Construction Learn more about these Residential Ready Structures
Japanese House Built for $11,000 by Off Grid Champion - Brian Schulz The Japanese Forest House is a confluence of my love of small spaces, my passion for local materials, and my fascination with tradtional Japanese architecture. For those familiar with the intensely refined art of traditional Japanese carpentry, applying the title of 'Japanese' onto my house might be laying it on a bit thick. It's true I've fallen short of the refinement found in the homes of the upper classes, however, the work still embraces the design principles that make the traditonal tea houses (which were, ironically, modeled after peasant shacks) so appealing.
Treehouse / RPA Architects: RPA Location: Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, CA, USA Project Area: 16 sqm Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier ResourcesForLife.com “Better Living Through Simplicity.” History. Founded in 2002, the Small House Society is a cooperatively managed organization dedicated to the promotion of smaller housing alternatives which can be more affordable and ecological.