This is the Kiwi House, an 823 square-foot abode in Bozeman, Montana. The home, owned by Stephen and Julie Shea, was designed by Comma-Q Architecture with the hearth — a soapstone fireplace from Finland-based Tulikivi – radiating warmth from open kitchen and living room area. It’s constructed on an infill lot and covered in a combination of locally-sourced Montana stone and reclaimed redwood and metal.
This is a three-level studio and living space by daiken-met architects in Gifu, Japan. Called Sugoroku Office, the space is made with seven used shipping containers and a structural steel frame that holds the intermodal units together. The project sits on a basic parking lot under short-term lease so design for deconstruction and relocation was a critical driver for the end result. Sugoroku Office has about 1,200 square feet, several work stations, a kitchen, and a loft that’s ready for living.
When I first saw The Wedge, pictured in this article, I immediately thought about the Caboose, which is a tiny house in Wyoming that we mentioned about a year ago. It turns out both of these off-site fabricated cabins are made by Wyoming-based Wheelhaus. Check it out, this is a company that’s turning out next-gen recreational park trailers built with quality and sustainable materials.
One thing I’ve noticed is the fact that home building is changing in a big way. In order to capture what’s going on across the country, I thought it would be interesting to talk with influencers and innovators about things like tiny houses, prefabrication, sustainable design, high performance construction, and home technology. For this first interview, I was able to exchange emails with Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand and president of the Passive House Alliance US, on the topic of ADUs and Passive Houses.
UK-based Blue Forest makes inventive tree houses and recently introduced a new design concept called the eco-PERCH, which I think you’ll be interested in seeing. The four-bed retreat can be delivered, assembled, and commissioned in about five days with things like photovoltaics, a composting toilet, and rainwater harvesting, etc.