Clever Small Apartment Transformation

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It’s been awhile since we covered small apartment living, but this one deserves a mention. The apartment is located in Bordeaux, France and the renovation was carried out by architect Elodie Gaschard of Atelier Miel and Michaël Martins Alfonso.

The apartment measures only 484 square feet (45 sq m), and the architects first created a series of storage solutions, and built-in furniture pieces, with the aim of getting rid of the clutter, which so often plagues small spaces. They also designed a clever transformer piece of furniture, which allows for the space to be sub-divided in a meaningful way, while still connecting the separate areas of the apartment. (more…)

By |December 22nd, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Nano Student Housing is Cozy and Affordable

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Finding adequate and affordable housing is a problem faced by hoards of students at the beginning of each school year. To help solve this problem, University of British Columbia (UBC) has come up with a plan to begin constructing several very small student-housing units, which will be cozy and private, judging by the pictures. (more…)

By |December 16th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Prefab Micro Home That Can be Moved Around Easily

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Kodasema, a firm from Estonia, is busy designing a tiny prefab home, which according to them can be assemble on-site in only seven hours. The home will be made of concrete, and is expected to cost around $110,000. It will also be made in a way that allows it to easily be disassembled and moved to a new location if needed.

They’re calling this home Koda, and it will measure only 326 sq ft (30.3 sq m). It’s built out of prefabricated sections made of concrete. However, only 317 cubic feet of concrete are needed to build the entire home, so despite using this material instead of a more sustainable alternative, the construction of this home still won’t leave a huge carbon footprint. No foundation is necessary on-site, and the home can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces, including asphalt and gravel, so long as it can provide a level footing. Once it’s assembled it can’t exactly be towed around, but they do claim disassembling the home with a view towards relocating it, only takes about seven hours, though a truck and crane are needed in the process. (more…)

By |December 7th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Easy to Assemble Flatpack Off-Grid Cabins and Homes Coming Soon

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The company Leckie Studio Architecture + Design of Vancouver recently unveiled plans to start producing innovative modular cabins, which will arrive in a flatpack package and be as easy to assemble as IKEA furniture. The cabins are currently still in the design stage, but they will function completely off-the-grid and come in many sizes and styles. (more…)

By |December 1st, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

House That Moves With the Wind

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Architects Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have taken the idea of living with nature a whole step further with their newest creation. ReActor, as their project is called, is not just a house, but could also be considered a work of art. The home rests atop a 15 ft (4.5 m)-tall concrete column and can be rotated a full 360 degrees. This rotation is either the result of wind or the occupants moving from one part of the home to another. (more…)

By |November 18th, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Unique Tiny Lodge on Wheels

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Some people don’t want to make the leap to living tiny full-time, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying the benefits of living small when it comes to vacation homes. Such is the case behind this unique tiny lodge, which was built for a ski-enthusiast couple. It was created by Maximus Extreme Living Solutions, and it’s designed so that it can be used in all types of climates, even very cold ones.

Apart from the interesting exterior, the so-called Tiny Ski Lodge also has a unique interior layout. It features an upstairs lounge and a hobby room that can be used for sewing and crafting. The lodge was built atop a 30 ft (9.1 m)-long triple axle trailer and measures just 240 sq ft (22.2 sq m) all told. The lodge is clad in pine and corrugated metal. It features lots of windows, including a porthole, which let in plenty of natural light. (more…)

By |November 15th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments