A good tiny house has no wasted space, and utility is packed into every spare inch.
To achieve “Peak Tiny”, some tiny house architects have turned to implementing ultra-modern design techniques and technology to help create their vision of complete efficiency, and here are a handful of concepts.
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(Source) The zeroHouse is a completely self-sustainable off-grid pre-fabricated living space.
This tiny house features a full-size kitchen, bath, and automatically processes organic waste, waste water, collects rainwater, and generates its own electricity with solar panels.
All functions in this tiny house re monitored with a network of sensors and linked to a laptop computer (aka the “internet of things”).
Nano Living System
(Source) The Nano is a 200 square foot tiny house which can comfortably accommodate a family of four.
It is built with SIPs, includes solar panels, rainwater collection, and has connections for waste and grey water processing.
Beds are suspended from the ceilings and drop down at the flick of a switch.
Cliff House by Modscape
(Source) This 5 storey modular home was inspired by the way barnacles hug the hull of a ship, and capitalizes on captivating ocean view which surrounds it.
From the Modscape website; “..the concept utilises Modscape’s modular design and prefabrication technologies to deliver a series of stacked modules that are anchored into the cliff face using engineered steel pins.
Entry to the home is through a carport on the top floor, where a lift vertically connects you through each of the descending living spaces. Internally, the living spaces feature minimalistic furnishings to ensure that the transcendent views of the ocean and the unique spatial experience of the location remain the integral focal point of the design.”
Primeval Symbiosis Single Pole
(Source) This tiny house concept by Konrad Wójcik is incredibly beautiful, and my runner-up favourite.
According to the architect; “The aim wast to design a structure that would not have any footprint in nature”.
Equipped almost as sustainably as an Earthship, this tiny house could very likely achieve its goal. In addition to solar panels for electricity production, the structure also contains a bio digester, rainwater catchment, uses geothermal energy to heat and cool itself, and is made from recycled materials.
I’d love to hear what seasoned architects think of this one in the comments; is it possible?
Colani Rotor House
(Source) This Hanse Colani Rotor House design by Luigi Colani is surreal, and in my humble opinion it bears that Clockwork Orange or Austin Powers feel.
Each room is neatly tucked within it’s own rotating cylinder, removing the need for doors while providing complete privacy, and everything is controlled by remote. It’s pretty rad if you want to live in a giant Lazy Susan.
(Source) This tiny house from Schemata really pushes the minimalist envelope, taking up a meagre 3 metres x 3 metres x 3 metres and providing only the basics.
The substance of this design lay entirely in its simplicity and use of space.
The shower, toilet, and desk seat are all sunk into the floor to reduce the amount of area they take up.
It also features an additional guest bed on the side of the structure.
(Source) The “Diogene” tiny house design by Italian architect Renzo Piano measures 7.5 square metres (81 square feet), and can function completely off-grid.
This tiny house is named in honor of the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, “who was said to have abandoned all worldly luxuries and conventions for the simplicity of living in a large ceramic jar”.
The Diogene can collect, clean, and process both rainwater and waste water, and supply its own power.
While great eye candy, (these are very well executed concepts!) I personally think that some of these examples were minimalism for minimalisms sake, at the cost of much desired utility.
In other cases, the design included too much technology; networking my house and its furnishings isn’t what I’m looking for. For me, it’s the allure of building it myself.
By knowing how every tiny piece comes together, I am my homes best handy man.
What do you think? Are there any elements from these concepts that you might consider implementing in your own tiny house? Let us know in the comments.