Italian architect and engineer Leonardo Di Chiara recently designed and built a prototype of a micro tiny home, which is seriously small yet still wonderfully functional. The so-called aVOID tiny house measures just 96 sq ft (9 sq) and is easily towable. Given its diminutive size, it also presents some unique downsizing solutions.
The home rests atop a double-axle trailer and has a wooden frame, metal cladding, and plenty of glazing. The interior is comprised of a single room and a bathroom. To make the most of the available space, most of the furniture is hidden inside the walls. The home features a Murphy-style single bed, which can be pulled down when needed, and stored away during the day. It can also be turned into a double bed. The dining table also features a pull down design and can easily be stowed away when not needed. There is also a small, but functional kitchenette, which features a sink, a two-burner induction stove, and some shelving for storage.
The aVOID home also features a rooftop terrace which is accessible via a ladder. It is great for lounging on sunny days. The bathroom is tiny and features a shower, composting toilet and some storage space.
Di Chiara is still working on the home, and plans to install solar panels and a greywater system, which will make it independent of the grid. The home is currently on display at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, but DiChiara lives in it full time otherwise, with the goal of learning all he can about tiny house living. He says it’s not much different that living at home with his parents, in a small bedroom which must also serve many purposes as one grows up.