XBO is a tiny project, prefabricated in 2004, that’s been floating around the internet lately as a result of being featured on Architizer. It was designed by 70°N arkitektur and built by Senja Elementer AS as an experimental abode for 2 young people on the move. The 388 square-foot (36 m2) home in Tromsø, Norway has two movable parts with just the basics — living areas, a garden terrace, a kitchenette, and a bathroom — ready to be lifted on to a container en route to the next destination.
New Avenue Homes, builder of a popular NZE tiny house in Berkeley, has a new Clean Tech Exhibit home on display in San Jose. The home has a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, storage, and all sorts of green technology and sustainable materials. New Avenue prefabricated the structure and estimates that a home of this size costs about $70,000 to build and permit, not including upgrades or special circumstances.
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, a purveyor of tiny homes, workshops, books, and plans, is promoting the Popomo design pictured this month. This is one of the company’s easiest homes to build, according to Tumbleweed, and it’s also one of the few modern plans they have available. Popomo has a basic kitchen, wet bath, tiny bedroom, propane fireplace, steel exterior, and a total of about 144 square feet. Plans are discounted through the end of July, if you’re looking for a new building adventure.
This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms. Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks. It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.
Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade. Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar. The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.
This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet. The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses. So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.